Sunday 18 March 2018

Fianna Fail risks unleashing demons of a darker populism

The contradictions of Micheal Martin's stance against coalition with Sinn Fein become starker by the week, writes Ed Brophy

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Tom Burke

Ed Brophy

"The sky is darkening with the wings of chickens coming home to roost," Denis Healey

Denial is the common thread that links the greatest shocks of our unruly political era. Britain would never be so rash to leave the EU. Strong and stable Theresa would surely trounce looney left Jeremy. And best of all, a candidate so obviously unsuited to the presidency as Trump could never prevail. Well, naturally not.

Meanwhile, our own favoured trope of political denial, the impossibility of a Fianna Fail/Sinn Fein 'republican' coalition after next year's likely election - mainly because Micheal Martin says so - becomes less plausible by the day.

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