Monday 18 December 2017

John Downing: There aren't enough mansions in Ireland to fix this Coalition split

'In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." That is the storied quote from Chapter 14, Verse 12, of John's Gospel.

Let's park the four-century-old row over translation about the occurrence of the word 'mansion', and ask a more immediate and impertinent question: how many mansions are there in Ireland?

For weeks now, Fine Gael and Labour have been re-hashing an ongoing version of a row that dates from late February and early March 2011 as they hammered out the joint Programme for Government. In big picture terms, there was a promise that income tax would not increase, and another promise that welfare rates would not be cut.

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