The idea of the grand coalition - and the FF/FG love that dare not speak its name
The one thing that Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin are absolutely in agreement about is their common refusal to contemplate a grand coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil before polling day.
They justify their ambiguity and evasion using solid arguments based on short-term tactics.
Fianna Fáil is in a bind: if it makes any show of intimacy towards Fine Gael, this would give ground to Sinn Féin, which would pounce on any anti-Government votes that might have gone the way of Fianna Fáil. The question for these voters would be: "Why vote for Fianna Fáil, if it is merely going to prop up Fine Gael?"