Monday 19 February 2018

Shane Ross: No time to swim in the swamp

LAST Monday morning, opposition big shots headed for the Department of Finance to examine the nation's books. The Fine Gael team had a spring in its step, chests out, every inch the government-in-waiting.

They savoured the moment, posed for a few photographs and entered the normally forbidden city. On Monday afternoon, they emerged, spooked. They gave the impression that they were sorry they had touched the nation's corpse. Could they be infected?

On Tuesday, the party leaders were back in their comfort zone, shouting at each other across the floor of the Dail. Opposition chiefs were laying the ground for their exit from talks aimed at agreeing a four-year plan with the Government.

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