Let’s assume the talks on government formation end with a deal. Negotiators from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party agree a programme for government and their members give their parties the go-ahead. At this point, their political problems will only be starting.
Surprise coalitions in Irish politics haven’t ended well. Those formed after the 1989 and 1992 general elections, by parties which opposed each other beforehand, broke up in...
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