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Jody Corcoran byline 27/5/22. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Navigating a path to political power is no walk in the park

Jody Corcoran


For all the brickbats slung at Coalition, the public seem to still favour the devil they know, writes Jody Corcoran

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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the funeral last week of former Fianna Fáil strategist Chris Wall. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the funeral last week of former Fianna Fáil strategist Chris Wall. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the funeral last week of former Fianna Fáil strategist Chris Wall. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Headline figures as to the relative popularity of a political party at a given moment in time are one thing, but the hard-headed business of voting for a government is something else. And after that, the messy business of government formation is something else again.

This inaugural Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll may prove to be something of a landmark — not to mention a reality check for those running away with the notion that Sinn Féin is a shoo-in to lead the next government.


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