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Severing all links with 'Dark Republic'

Published 20/10/2011 | 05:00

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness wants
to push the Government on jobs, if
elected to the Aras, thereby setting
off a constitutional crisis
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness wants to push the Government on jobs, if elected to the Aras, thereby setting off a constitutional crisis

•During the RTE television debate, Martin McGuinness made it clear that his first 'action' on being elected would be to set up a meeting with the 'Government' -- and confront the latter with a demand for a Jobs Task Force.

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Whatever about the specific intrinsic merits (let alone popularity) of such a proposal (or the efficacy of the Government's policies), it is not the role of the president to intervene in what is an executive function nor to determine government policy.

The makings of a nice little constitutional crisis are there. Not protecting the Constitution but destabilising it. Not protecting us but weakening us at a moment of great threat.

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