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Matt Cooper: The 12 things this unpopular government urgently needs to fix to get re-elected

Far from getting the credit for multi-billion-euro budget surpluses, the coalition can’t seem to catch a break with the electorate

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Micheál Martin. Picture: Sasko Lazarov /

We have a government that presides over a country that has the biggest number of people in employment in the history of the state and is running, and expects to keep running, large multi-billion-euro budget surpluses.

To have achieved this a decade after an economic existential crisis is extraordinary. Yet the government seems to be so deeply unpopular that the expectation has developed that it will be replaced after the next election by a Sinn ...