Friday 9 December 2016

The 'new politics' is here - but can the politicans actually make it work?

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

'Survival is probably the most underestimated of all leadership talents, and Mr Kenny has taken it to a whole new level' Photo: Barbara Lindberg
'Survival is probably the most underestimated of all leadership talents, and Mr Kenny has taken it to a whole new level' Photo: Barbara Lindberg

We were always more likely to get a cuckoo clock than an expensive Swiss watch given the scarcity of available parts for the 32nd Dáil. How long it will tick or how reliable it will be is anyone's guess. Nobody was elected to the Dáil to be a bystander, bit player or a perpetual naysayer. But too many sat on their hands.

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Over the past 70 days we have learned much about new and old politics. The fact that nine party leaders or groups were involved in the vote tells us something about the complexity of the task in hand.

And with nine Independents to manage - and with Fianna Fáil neither completely in nor completely out of government - it will take the dexterity of a flea circus ringmaster to maintain order.

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