Opinion John Downing

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Quest for a government needs to move up a gear

Cartoonist: Ken Lee
Cartoonist: Ken Lee
John Downing

John Downing

Going over what we don't know about the nation's political future would take a while and do absolutely nothing for morale. So let's start with what we do know andan work from there.

We know four things: nobody wants another general election; any stable government requires some form of involvement by both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil; a minority Fine Gael-led government backed by Fianna Fáil is emerging as the most likely outcome; it's all set to take two or probably three more Dáil meetings to sort out.

Let's take those four known pointers and tease out some of the other factors surrounding them. The first is the only point upon which you will get universal agreement from all 158 TDs, who know elections are expensive, both in terms of cash and scarce human resources.

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