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14 Jan 2020 Election 2020:  Unfinished Dáil business falls as the campaign begins »

Election 2020:  Unfinished Dáil business falls as the campaign begins

So finally, the Dáil many said would not last a year has been dissolved as it approaches its fourth anniversary. The Government that it produced was a unique political experiment.  Fine Gael received just 25.5% of the popular vote in 2016 but formed the Government, joined by a few independents and kept in office only with the support of Fianna Fáil which had received 24.3% of the vote. Inherently unstable, it has remained in office for longer than anyone expected. Now, polls show Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck once more.  But there...

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10 Oct 2018 Speculation has moved swiftly from the content of the budget to the date of the election »

Speculation has moved swiftly from the content of the budget to the date of the election

It is the Budget that once again shows that almost all political punditry and prediction is wrong. Back in 2016, when Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independents agreed the novel arrangement that allowed this Government to be formed, we were warned it wouldn’t last.  The confidence and supply agreement was struck for three Budgets, but many said we would be lucky to get more than one Budget out of it. But here we are, the third budget has been announced, and advisors from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are preparing papers and documents for...

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