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Even in desperate times, Democracy must prevail

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe 
 Photo: Mark Condren

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Mark Condren

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Mark Condren

The outgoing government has done exceptionally well in exceptional times. The magnitude of the decisions made in the past few weeks will be felt for many years. However grateful we are for its handling of this emergency, this was never intended to be a permanent assignment.

Democracy must always command respect and election results must always count for something. So there can be no more delay in putting a new administration together.

If anything, the grave challenges only add to the urgency. For as Ronald Reagan once noted: "Nothing lasts longer than a temporary government programme."