Monday 11 December 2017

John Drennan: Deal eases Cabinet stress, for now

Enda and Eamon's union is precariously dependent on fate and the kindness of others, writes John Drennan

The EU banking deal certainly came in the nick of time for a Coalition which, up to the early hours of Friday morning, appeared to be already suffering from the political equivalent of the seven-year itch.

On one level, the disillusion and wandering eyes were all the more surprising given that only 15 months had passed since that 14-year sentence of enforced celibacy on the opposition benches.

However, whilst that bold political child Leo Varadkar may have been the sole minister who fell out of the turbulent Cabinet bed, the disaffection was, before the miracle of Europe, so widespread that the Taoiseach felt it necessary to take out the big stick to quell the unruly children.

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