Kevin Doyle: Fed-up Fine Gael TDs feel strain of having no power in 'new politics'
Power and influence are two very different things. Fine Gael has one and Fianna Fáil has the other, with the result that they neutralise each other.
The Government has survived a motion of confidence despite the obvious fact that a majority of TDs in the Dáil don't believe in it or Enda Kenny's leadership.
Fine Gael TDs privately admit that they are "fed-up", "frustrated" and even "pissed-off" with the 'do-nothing Dáil'. They are in Government but can't do anything without checking in with Fianna Fáil first. And even when Micheál Martin signs off on the latest Cabinet proposal, they need to placate Shane Ross and his merry band of Independents.