Saturday 20 October 2018

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael renew old hostilities as two leaders go to war

'Out of touch' Varadkar or 'Not to be trusted' Martin? It is the issues not timing of next election that counts, writes Jody Corcoran

Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin
Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

With relations between Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin growing more strained by the day, the debate has moved on from whether the 'confidence and supply' deal will be renewed to when the next election will be called, the timing of which will be important, but not as essential as some would argue, to the outcome.

The argument is made that Enda Kenny, by delaying the last election at the behest of Labour, damaged Fine Gael's prospects when eventually the country did go to the polls. I do not necessarily hold with that argument.

To anybody who cared to really study opinion poll trends at the time, it was evident for a while that the tide had gone out on the last Government, and that includes Fine Gael, well before Kenny eventually, and unceremoniously, sought dissolution of the last Dail.

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