Thursday 23 November 2017

Failure to opt for real stability risks disaster for our economy

We only have to look at Greece or Portugal to learn some harsh lessons, writes Dan O'Brien

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny
Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Another election or a coalition between the two Civil War parties. These increasingly appear to be the only two likely outcomes of the election in five days' time.

Today's Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll shows no sign of the current Coalition gaining any re-election momentum. More generally, it shows as little sign of a defragmentation of the vote.

Among the most fascinating questions posed in today's poll is respondents' opinions on the best option in the event of a hung Dail. Providing yet more evidence that the Irish electorate is not nearly as stability-orientated as pundits had believed, by far the most favoured outcome is a second election. A full one-third of those polled preferred this rerun option. The next most chosen option, a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition, is preferred by 24pc of respondents.

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