Saturday 24 September 2016

Time to put interests of the country first

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny. Photo: Photocall Ireland

Get down to talking turkey. No, Mr Kenny and Mr Martin, Alan Dukes is not talking about the EU solution to the migrant crisis, so stop looking for distractions. The former Fine Gael leader is saying what everybody outside of the partisan politics of the two Civil War parties is thinking.

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In order for a government to be formed, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to come to some sort of agreement.

Much and all as the two parties want to go through the motions of going it alone, there's no other option available.

Whether it's a grand coalition, a minority government kept in office, or an informal arrangement, a deal of some sort must be arrived at involving the old rivals.

Nobody wants another General Election. Simple as that. The parties will just have to realise it. And the sooner they do, the better it is for the country.

Mr Dukes comes with some credibility here. He took the unprecedented step of keeping a minority Fianna Fáil government in office. He put the wider interests of the country ahead of narrow party considerations.

It's time for Mr Kenny and Mr Martin to do the same.

Irish Independent

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