Thursday 16 August 2018

Leo must be more than simply a marketing man for Fine Gael

Yates Country

Retiring Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Retiring Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The focus this week on Leo's first 100 days as Taoiseach is fake news. Fine Gael's hold on power is as tenuous as a deckchair on Miami Beach in the face of Hurricane Irma. Leo and his Fine Gael ministers will only last as long as 44 Fianna Fáil TDs sit on their hands in the Dáil chamber - only while he fulfils the terms and conditions of their 'confidence and supply' agreement.

It's an illusion. Fine Gael is in government, but not in power.

Recently, in a radio broadcast, I confronted Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty with this mathematical reality check by describing Leo as a "eunuch" Taoiseach, describing the circumstances of his paralysed grip on governance. For my trouble, a complaint is lodged with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland over an alleged sexual insult. Ludicrous. After 18 months of relishing the trappings of office, FG ministers need reminding of FF's basic raison d'être to oust them whenever they'll gain maximum electoral advantage.

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