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Pepsi and Coca-Cola of Irish politics losing identities the more they entwine

Philip Ryan


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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

One Fine Gael minister who is vehemently opposed to entering into government with Fianna Fáil has an interesting analogy for explaining his position.

He compares the potential coalition to two rival newspapers merging and printing the exact same content in their separate titles. The front pages and layouts might be different but it's the same news, analysis and features from the same writers inside.

He says readers will eventually question the need for the two papers and shops will only stock one of the titles. What's the need for two products that provide the same service?