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We must break deadlock - but our options are very limited

John Downing


 

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'Yet, the realpolitik is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the only one showing an eagerness to deal quickly. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar continues as Taoiseach and has less incentive.' Photo: PA

'Yet, the realpolitik is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the only one showing an eagerness to deal quickly. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar continues as Taoiseach and has less incentive.' Photo: PA

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'Yet, the realpolitik is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the only one showing an eagerness to deal quickly. Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar continues as Taoiseach and has less incentive.' Photo: PA

The problem: Seanad Éireann - always the poor relation in law-making - has taken centre stage. In practice, the Seanad ceases to exist at midnight on Sunday.

Long-winded processes to elect 49 of the 60 senators conclude early next week with vote counting done by the end of that week.

Under Article 18.3 of Bunreacht na hÉireann the final 11 Seanad members must be nominated by "the Taoiseach who is appointed next after the re-assembly of Dáil Éireann".