Monday 18 December 2017

Maurice Hayes: National interest would best be served by all-party agreement to fast-track Finance Bill

Maurice Hayes

Maurice Hayes

THERE are more important things to write about than the present sad state of the Fianna Fail party -- if indeed it still deserves the name, drained of political vitality by self-inflicted wounds and multiple stabs in the back.

There is the national interest, Ireland's international reputation, and public confidence in democratic politics and in Irish politicians, all of which have been put even more at risk by the shenanigans of the past week.

All of this calls for an early general election, a clearing of the decks and the restoration of confidence and a sense of direction to the conduct of the nation's business -- and as quickly as possible.

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