Friday 9 December 2016

Well begun is half done

Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00

FINE Gael and Labour have wasted no time in getting down to work on the formation of a coalition government. Talks between the two parties began yesterday while counting of the votes in the general election continued in three constituencies, in other words before the final election result had been determined.

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The start of the negotiations, and the sense of urgency which prompted it, were absolutely right and necessary.

The parties need to complete their talks by the weekend. The outcome will then have to be submitted for approval to a Labour Party special conference before the final act of the drama, the smooth transfer of power when the 31st Dail meets on March 9.

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