Sunday 22 July 2018

Any election is madness while Brexit uncertainty continues

Political rhetoric and posturing should be toned down as the Brexit deadline draws nearer, writes Brian Hayes

WARNING: Angela Merkel said hard Brexit could hit ‘liquidity’. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP
WARNING: Angela Merkel said hard Brexit could hit ‘liquidity’. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

Brian Hayes

We are in a strange place in Irish politics right now. Everyone is planning for an election but nobody knows when or how it will happen.

What will follow the next election is anyone's guess. But a lot has changed in the last year politically.

The emergence of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael has transformed the political landscape and improved FG's standing in the polls. Sinn Fein's new leader, Mary Lou McDonald, is certainly trying to make her party look less toxic and clearly wants to be in government. She has started well and is making a big push for the centre ground. Fianna Fail knows that, too. Micheal Martin also knows he has one shot at becoming Taoiseach so his decision as to when the election might be held is crucial for his future and that of his party.

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