Sunday 11 December 2016

Nothing to fear about prospect of a socialist-led government

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

Political leaders Eamon Gilmore, Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny arrive ready to do battle on the TG4 debate at their studios in Connemara yesterday morning.
Pic Steve Humphreys
16th February 2011.
Political leaders Eamon Gilmore, Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny arrive ready to do battle on the TG4 debate at their studios in Connemara yesterday morning. Pic Steve Humphreys 16th February 2011.

The decision by parties with a left-leaning ideology to form a loose alliance in the forthcoming election is to be welcomed.

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For the first time since the foundation of the State, people will be given a clear choice with the distinct possibility of a socialist-led government. There is nothing to fear from this.

Several countries in Europe alternate between socialist governments and centre-right governments as a matter of routine. This shows political maturity and a willingness to look at alternatives.

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