Monday 18 June 2018

Fianna Fáil's lust to be biggest party again will trigger election by 2017

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Micheál Martin celebrate their re-election in Cork South Central, where they together pulled 41.6pc of the vote. Photo: PA
Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Micheál Martin celebrate their re-election in Cork South Central, where they together pulled 41.6pc of the vote. Photo: PA
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The best-case scenario for the life expectancy of the 32nd Dáil is probably a matter of months - it is very unlikely to reach a second birthday.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiators seem intent on putting together some flimsy, prefab-type structure; not being designed for permanency, it will be blown away by the first storm.

Thus temporary measures to get around the current impasse are sought. The new celebrity Independents talk a good game about mandating a government for a minimum of three budgets but they carry no authority.

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