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There are more deep-rooted reasons why the water of Fine Gael and oil of Sinn Féin just won’t mix

Frank Coughlan


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Leo Varadkar says a Fine Gael coalition with Sinn Féin is not a possibility after the next election. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Leo Varadkar says a Fine Gael coalition with Sinn Féin is not a possibility after the next election. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Leo Varadkar says a Fine Gael coalition with Sinn Féin is not a possibility after the next election. Photo: Gareth Chaney

As a rule, politicians don’t say what they mean. It isn’t that they are averse to telling the truth, but they know that having to please most of the people at least some of the time means unadulterated honesty is not an option.

So when Tánaiste Leo Varadkar declared, in language as plain and wholesome as mammy’s brown soda bread, that a Fine Gael coalition with Sinn Féin after the next election was not going to happen, it was worth noting.


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