Monday 19 February 2018

The idea of the grand coalition - and the FF/FG love that dare not speak its name

Micheál Martin (left) and Enda Kenny (right)
Micheál Martin (left) and Enda Kenny (right)
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

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?"

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