Monday 18 December 2017

The job of government is to be decisive and govern - the alternative is chaos

'The reality is, though, that the Government’s difficulties run far deeper than this storm in an ashtray'
'The reality is, though, that the Government’s difficulties run far deeper than this storm in an ashtray'
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

ELEVEN days down and has there ever been a less auspicious start to a new government? Nothing remotely close to sinking it, of course. But with the ship barely out of the harbour, enough water has been taken on board already to make one really fearful as to what will happen in rougher seas.

There has been the climbdown over linking child benefit to school attendance; Alan Shatter's response to the O'Higgins report; stories of key elements of the Programme for Government being vetoed by Fianna Fáil; and the issue of a minister, Finian McGrath, and would-be minister, John Halligan, not paying their water charges.

Then on Sunday, McGrath, not content with being at variance with his cabinet colleagues on water charges, featured in a newspaper interview, calling for more lenient rules on smoking, advocating designated indoor smoking areas in pubs.

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