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'Something's missing' as time grinds on with little hope of Coalition finding stickability

Martina Devlin


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Trouble ahead: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against the Government. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Trouble ahead: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against the Government. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Trouble ahead: Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against the Government. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Time has an elastic property and can fly or crawl, gallop or drag. In the Lewis Carroll classic, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', she asks: "How long is forever?" And the White Rabbit answers: "Sometimes, just one second."

Forever is composed of one now after another which can be fleeting - or feel like eternity. A sense of time grinding on and on ad infinitum has been in evidence during the short and troubled life of that banana skin-prone entity known as the current Government.

Is it really only a month since the tricycle Coalition was formed? It urgently needs to borrow a set of stabilisers. Already, it feels as if welding it together has been a mistake - the constituent parts are rasping, resisting and pulling in different directions.