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'Calamity Government' limps out of the gate hoping for respite and a fresh restart

John Downing



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 (Brian Lawless/PA)

(Brian Lawless/PA)

(Brian Lawless/PA)

There is a kinder Irish language aphorism about starts, less known than another one, which goes: "Bíonn gach tosach lag."

It is rendered in English as: "Every start is weak."

This ill-starred new Government's debut month has been not just weak but downright calamitous.