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Indisciplined, incoherent, incompetent: Coalition is spinning, not winning

Fionnán Sheahan


Martin, Varadkar and Ryan are operating independently, leading to cracks in the Government, writes Fionnán Sheahan

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Overboard: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan went rogue on legislation around protection for renters in the wake of the blanket ban on rent hikes and evictions during the pandemic. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Overboard: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan went rogue on legislation around protection for renters in the wake of the blanket ban on rent hikes and evictions during the pandemic. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Overboard: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan went rogue on legislation around protection for renters in the wake of the blanket ban on rent hikes and evictions during the pandemic. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Initially, they thought it was a mistake. TDs sitting socially distanced in the vast theatre of the Convention Centre figured a Coalition deputy had inadvertently voted against the Government. Sure, Fine Gael minister Simon Coveney had done it by accident earlier in the week. No big deal.

"When we saw it first, we thought: that's a bit weird," an Opposition TD said.

Then it slowly became apparent. The first official parliamentary revolt of the new Coalition's life was on.