Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time to end tribalism and form a government of national unity

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny meets Micheál Martin during the Easter Rising Ceremony at the Arbour Hill Cemetery on Sunday. Photo: Barbara Lindberg
Enda Kenny meets Micheál Martin during the Easter Rising Ceremony at the Arbour Hill Cemetery on Sunday. Photo: Barbara Lindberg

Four weeks ago in these pages (Irish Independent, Letters, March 29), I made a reasoned argument for a national government which would put the national interest before all else for the lifetime of the current Dáil.

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Since then, social, economic and political conditions have considerably deteriorated in our country as our elected representatives fail to see the bigger picture. I am far more concerned about those vulnerable families struggling to put bread on the table than I am about pre-election promises.

The national constituency has been forgotten, as an undignified and unseemly ritual of tribalism, old score-settling and future power-positioning is played out on the public airwaves. Based on what we have witnessed since the General Election, a minority government won't survive until Christmas. It will be brought down at a time of greatest political advantage to those on the opposition benches.

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