Tuesday 16 October 2018

After two years, what's the Government done for us?

Leo Varadkar might prefer to fight an election than endure another year of concession and defeat, writes Eoin O'Malley

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

It's now two years since the Fine Gael-Independents minority coalition was formed. Expectations were low at the time. Most commentators, including me, didn't rate its chance of seeing out a year very highly. In May 2016 most people were just relieved to see a government formed.

But there were some optimists who thought that with a much more powerful Oireachtas, some of the old mistakes that governments make would be avoided - because the Government couldn't railroad stuff through the Dail and Seanad in the ways it was used to.

The new Government might be hamstrung, the feeling went, but this would be no bad thing. It would be accountable to the Oireachtas, and have to try harder to govern well.

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