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Problems are piling up - so a cross-party national coalition is not all that outrageous

John Downing


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Sparring partners: Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar at a leaders’ debate last month. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sparring partners: Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar at a leaders’ debate last month. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sparring partners: Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar at a leaders’ debate last month. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

We are entitled to ask why government-making talks cannot gather pace sooner rather than later. Enter Covid-19, aka the coronavirus, and let it take its place alongside the Brexit Part II talks which open today in Brussels. Keep those two in mind and add the mass flooding across the country.

Then note ongoing talk of an international economic slowdown, which has been pending for some time for various reasons, but may now be driven by the international outbreak of the virus.

And put all of them alongside these marathon coalition "talks about talks" in the wake of the general election 18 days ago.