Wednesday 17 January 2018

Facing into the unknown

MUCH of what Dr Jim McDaid said as he talked about his reasons for resigning his Dail seat makes a lot of sense. Whether it justifies a deliberate further destabilisation of an already vulnerable government is a matter that people will decide according to the strength of their convictions.

Those who believe a coalition of Labour and Fine Gael would do a better job repairing the public finances will welcome the fact that the odds on a general election, sometime soon, have now shortened. Those who think the Government should be held to its word and made to show the world that it has the will and courage to carry out severe corrections will wonder how Dr McDaid thinks he is best serving the country in a time of crisis by walking away from his seat.

The former minister, who has been without the Fianna Fail whip since he abstained in a vote on the cervical cancer vaccination programme two years ago, stepped down yesterday having first informed the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance.

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