So how long can this peculiar hybrid of a Government actually last? Even before the deal on this never-before-seen minority coalition was dragged over the line, politicians of all hues at Leinster House were asking themselves that intriguing question.
Details emerged last night of a top-secret document containing the real deal that was made between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Independents in order to form a government. It turns out to be very different from what our politicians have been claiming to have agreed publicly. Today we can exclusively reveal this document.
There was a point this week when it appeared the "talks" were going nowhere. For most observers, this represented a disappointing failure of politics; a straightforward example of an inability to shift from fixed positions to a reasonable compromise. Another election loomed, an option to which I viewed as being preferable to a total cave in by Fine Gael to Fianna Fáil's populist policy of abolishing Irish Water and water charges.
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