Wednesday 24 January 2018

For one vital day, power is all yours

THE people of this country, so poorly served for so long by the political system, will have all the power in their hands for one day next week. What they decide in the general election on February 25 may shape their future for a generation.

At this midway point in the election campaign, the indications point to an excellent result, though not a clear win, for Fine Gael. Yesterday's 'Sunday Business Post'/Red C opinion poll gave the party 38pc popular support. If the apparent trend continues until polling day, without any major unexpected setbacks, Fine Gael could be on course to form our first single-party government for decades.

But even if this assessment is correct, it does not settle the questions what is the eventual outcome and what is the best result for the country. High on the list of what we need to restore our economy and our national self-respect is stable government. Essentially there are two possible ways to achieve it: a Fine Gael single-party government and a Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

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