Opinion John Downing

Saturday 16 December 2017

This election could trigger lasting change

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may yet join forces to share power

Proinsias De Rossa, John Bruton and Dick Spring were known as the Rainbow Coalition after Democratic Left, Fine Gael and Labour shared power in 1994 following the collapse of the Fianna Fail-Labour coalition.
Proinsias De Rossa, John Bruton and Dick Spring were known as the Rainbow Coalition after Democratic Left, Fine Gael and Labour shared power in 1994 following the collapse of the Fianna Fail-Labour coalition.
John Downing

John Downing

We face the most intriguing general election since 1948, and the outcome could re-shape Irish politics for future generations.

The current crop of opinion polls suggest a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition seems the only realistic option.

The surveys also predict Sinn Féin and the very disparate "Independents and Others" have the potential to figure in a new government.

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