New party must be ready sooner rather than later
If Noonan holds his line on €2bn Budget, Labour is very likely to quit in a matter of months
I believe Sinn Fein. I think they are sincere when they say they want to be in government, but not for the sake of it. They will not enter any coalition arrangement – and it is all about coalition arrangements – unless their policies are going to be enacted.
I think they are also clever enough to know that doing anything else would consign them to the same fate as the PDs, the Greens and now the Labour Party.
They do not want to be a hind-tit party in government after the next election, cobbling together a compromise programme that bears little relationship to their election manifesto, gaining them seats at Cabinet and little else.