Thursday 23 November 2017

John Drennan: Rare chance for Fianna Fail to put the country ahead of party's needs

FF's support for the fiscal treaty offers it an opportunity for some sort of redemption, writes John Drennan

The concept that Fianna Fail's support of the unloved fiscal compact offers Micheal Martin a real opportunity might appear surprising.

Even Martin, as he deals with his turbulent Galway minstrel Eamon O Cuiv, wandering around in a Celtic Twilight of euroscepticism, might not see it that way for, in the world of normal politics, oppositions generally thrive only when they exploit the Government's difficulties.

However, the unexpected hysteria in the government benches and the normal hysteria in the Sinn Fein/ United Left Alliance/Mick Wallace Independent Muppet Show offer Fianna Fail a unique opportunity to secure some form of redemption for past sins by playing the honest broker.

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