Monday 11 December 2017

Daniel McConnell: FG-Labour rows risk bringing down Coalition

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

COALITIONS exist on trust. Once that is gone, then the game is up. As we near the local and European elections, a series of inter-coalition spats and rows mark a distinct cooling in relations between what has been a very stable Fine Gael Labour Coalition to date.

Almost three years in office, the parties have implemented a pretty brutal austerity regime, increased taxes, cut services and tackled some thorny social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

While both parties have lost men and women overboard, the bedrock of the Coalition has been the close links between Finance Minsters Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin on economic issues, and, more importantly, the very good relationship between party leaders Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore.

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