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21 Feb 2020 Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may be coming together in what would be a profound change »

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may be coming together in what would be a profound change

Words such as “stalemate” and “shambles” dominate media coverage this morning of the state of negotiations towards the formation of a government. A day of political theatre in the Dáil yesterday saw four candidates – Mary Lou McDonald, Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin, and Eamon Ryan – defeated in votes for the position of Taoiseach. However, after all the strong language and mutual denunciation in the Dáil chamber, it emerged quietly last night that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are now to begin “exploratory talks” next week. ...

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10 Feb 2020 Government 2020: The one certain thing is that nothing is certain »

Government 2020: The one certain thing is that nothing is certain

The count may well go on for days.  The Government formation talks may run for many weeks.  What is clear is that in relation to the make-up of the next administration, nothing is clear. The Sinn Féin surge has confirmed a change in the political landscape in terms of voter sentiment. What is not clear yet is whether this will bring about significant change in the political landscape in terms of public policy. First, the changing public sentiment: Sinn Féin has almost doubled its political support, going from 13.9% of the first preference vote in 2016,...

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