Saturday 3 December 2016

The tail must never wag the dog

Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00

WITHIN three months of taking office with a record Dail majority and a promise to restore hope and confidence to the people, the Fine Gael-Labour Government has shown itself vulnerable to all the ills that politicians are heirs to.

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In a way, that was inevitable. The Coalition inherited a calamitous legacy from Fianna Fail and the Greens. The country continued to face economic ruin. The EU-IMF bailout had deprived the nation of much of its formal independence, and the new Government of almost all its freedom of action. All the remaining choices were risky or unpalatable, usually both.

So the coalition could rightly seek public tolerance and support. It did seek it, and usually got it. But it seems that its leaders ignored or misunderstood a danger within their tent.

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