A new government must realise that the country has changed

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s framework document is heavy on management-speak, light on ambition and fails to take heed of a new reality

20th April, 2020
A new government must realise that the country has changed
Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar have chosen to work together in a move that could leave Mary Lou McDonald‘s Sinn Féin as the largest in opposition, but their framework document is light on specifics and ambition. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

We thought we were getting new politics when the confidence-and-supply arrangement was agreed between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in 2016.

In the end all we really got was a softening of the arch enemies coupled with a softening of the routine political harangue. Fianna Fáil also found itself in the difficult position of facilitating a government that was struggling on key issues such as homelessness and health, while being in opposition at the...

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