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Calamity coalition: There's calm behind the scenes of outward chaos but tensions are rising

Philip Ryan


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Green leader Eamon Ryan, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Green leader Eamon Ryan, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Green leader Eamon Ryan, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

It's not that they're all not getting along. Most politicians involved in the calamity Coalition will tell you they are all getting on famously despite all the preconceived differences they might have.

The three party leaders are believed to have bonded over the formulation of the July jobs stimulus package and their advisers are happy about how the mini-budget plan worked out, as well as plenty of decent news coverage and collegiality over what decisions should be taken.

However, on the Fine Gael side there were some misgivings about Green Party leader Eamon Ryan who they complained was not over the detail and was more ideological than practical.