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1 Apr 2020 Pressure for new government may be resisted for some time yet as Covid 19 crisis continues »

Pressure for new government may be resisted for some time yet as Covid 19 crisis continues

So, eight weeks since the general election, there is still no new Government. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael remain in contact with each other. The expectation is that – one day – there will be a new government involving both of them. However, to have a stable Dáil majority they need another party to join them – the common wisdom is that recruiting a group of independents to back them would be to unstable. So far the Green Party, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats have said No. Now, as the Byzantine Seanad count continues,...

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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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