Tuesday 21 January 2020

FF 'must add break clauses to Dáil deal'

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fianna Fáil should demand annual reviews of their minority government deal with Fine Gael and a series of 'break clauses', a leading political scientist who advises Micheál Martin has said.

Tim Bale, who was partly credited with helping Fianna Fáil's revival, has said it's "very important not to get locked into a too long and detailed an arrangement".

He told the Irish Independent that a three-year deal with Fine Gael would be a "laudable aim" but there needs to be room for an "honourable exit".

"It might be best to say that there is a clause in there to say that the things will be reviewed at the end of each parliamentary year and to have negotiated 'break clauses' in there," he said.


"I would advise Fianna Fáil to go for a short arrangement with a minimal programme that you will support, get some guarantees from the Government that they will do what you want them to do, and have it on a renewable basis."

The Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London was recruited to help Fianna Fáil after the 2011 election.

He drew up 12 steps for recovery and predicted that it would take three electoral cycles for Fianna Fáil to work their way back to power.

However, he now believes they could lead a minority government or a coalition after the next election.

Irish Independent

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