Saturday 20 October 2018

Ivan Yates: Only a general election will free this tethered donkey

In his new column, Ivan Yates says it's time now to consign Civil war politics to history

Enda Kenny and inset Ivan Yates
Enda Kenny and inset Ivan Yates
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Monday night, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield - after several shots in the concluding frame, both Mark Selby and John Higgins looked at each other, nodded; the balls had configured so as to yield interminable stalemate; they agreed a re-rack.

One year into this dysfunctional Dáil, it's time to reach the same conclusion. This parliament is fatally paralysed because it has no centre of authority. A Government devoid of Dáil majority simply can't govern. It's futile.

Within a fortnight, Enda Kenny will finally step down as Fine Gael leader. It marks the beginning of an end to incredible inertia in both his Government and party. Senior civil servants hold back serious briefs to Cabinet in anticipation of non-decisions. No Garda reform, even more Garda reviews. Stagnant legislative enactment. Irresponsible cat and mouse chicanery between Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael resulting in 'free' water for every household - despite annual costs of €1bn.

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