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A Government which satisfies no one in particular, and about which few will feel enthusiasm or loyalty towards

Eilis O'Hanlon


Cobbled together from scraps of the old world, our new Government answers few of the needs of this strange new world, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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RUNNING FOR COVER: Fine Gael’s Heather Humphreys uses her iPad to protect her hair as she arrived at the Convention Centre where Micheal Martin was elected Taoiseach

RUNNING FOR COVER: Fine Gael’s Heather Humphreys uses her iPad to protect her hair as she arrived at the Convention Centre where Micheal Martin was elected Taoiseach

RUNNING FOR COVER: Fine Gael’s Heather Humphreys uses her iPad to protect her hair as she arrived at the Convention Centre where Micheal Martin was elected Taoiseach

In years to come, people will ask each other where they were and what they were doing when they first heard that a coalition between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens had been overwhelmingly approved by all three parties.

Only joking. Of course they won't. The new Government may be historic, but it doesn't feel it. It doesn't even feel that interesting.

The principals did their best to add to the drama by dragging out the counting all day Friday; but despite giddy predictions that the Greens might reject the deal, requiring wider talks on Government formation, in the end all three parties voted for it in large numbers, the Greens by an even larger margin than FF. The moral of the story: never believe what you see on social media.