Wednesday 17 January 2018

Forming a stable government should be top of political agenda - not water row

Cartoonist: Scratch
Cartoonist: Scratch

Liz O’Donnell

One week on, the post-election landscape is not a pretty sight. Baffled citizens gaze at what seems like an unholy mess.

Even worse, there is no sense of anyone in control to put shape on a new government. The dearth of leadership thus far is staggering.

Fine Gael, although still the largest party, is like a headless chicken, devoid of strategy. Defeated Fine Gael TDs are bitter and vengeful after a disastrous campaign. For Enda Kenny, the election outcome must be personally crushing. But at a wider level, there has been a dearth of leadership emanating from the stricken vessel that is Fine Gael. One hopes that some cohesion and strategy will emerge after the first meeting of the parliamentary party.

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