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As hard Border threat reappears, the last thing we need is politicians navel-gazing

Martina Devlin


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Sitting down on the job: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael colleagues on the first day of the 33rd Dáil. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Sitting down on the job: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael colleagues on the first day of the 33rd Dáil. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Sitting down on the job: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael colleagues on the first day of the 33rd Dáil. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Rome is burning while our politicians fiddle. Or fiddle about, anyhow. Britain is stirring the Brexit pot and no-deal is back on the menu. Meanwhile our political leaders casually tell us we must be patient while they take their time weighing up the whos and hows, the ifs and maybes of government formation.

It is three weeks since election day and progress towards government formation is dawdling. No sense of urgency is apparent. Even as the British backslide on their Brexit promises. And it's not just Brexit posing risks - flooding and the coronavirus are danger zones.

Boris Johnson's administration is shaping up to dismantle the joint declaration setting out the framework for the future EU-British relationship - and the focus of our political leaders is elsewhere.