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Why there is a case for picking a cabinet first and then working back to get a deal

John Downing


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In the running: European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: David Conachy

In the running: European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: David Conachy

In the running: European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: David Conachy

Forget the goody-two-shoe stuff about policy being paramount. Personality - as in who gets the State car - is a big factor here.

This coming week will tell us much about whether Micheál and Leo can get a third, or maybe even fourth, leg for their "government stool". The pressure will be heaped, some of it quite unfairly, upon the Green Party, Labour and the Social Democrats.

There will be plenty of aul guff about the "national interest", and lots of high-minded talk about policy, and what to do after the coronavirus hopefully departs and we ponder the social and economic wreckage of a much-changed world.