Saturday 16 December 2017

John Downing: DUP deal has saved May's skin for now - at cost of much unease

British Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP leader Arlene Foster outside 10 Downing Street in London Photo: PA
British Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP leader Arlene Foster outside 10 Downing Street in London Photo: PA
John Downing

John Downing

In March 1982, Charlie Haughey met a hitherto unknown Independent TD, Tony Gregory, looking for a vote to prop up his Fianna Fáil minority government.

"You know what I want. What do you want?" was how Haughey greeted Gregory.

What emerged was the "Gregory deal" for inner-city Dublin, which periodically, right up to this day, is decried as "political bribery" and "anti-democratic".

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