Friday 15 December 2017

Battered party has no choice but to soldier on

James Downey

James Downey

CHARLES J Haughey once said that the minor party in a coalition should be permitted to wield an influence disproportionate to its numbers.

In an earlier age – the age of multi-party governments and unstable Fine Gael-Labour coalitions – James Dillon took a different view. He said, with obvious pleasure, that Labour ministers when in office were "as quiet as mice".

No question which line Fine Gael adopted in the negotiations with Labour on the shape of the Budget for next year.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss