Thursday July 9, 2020

Cathal Mac Coille: We don’t just need a coalition deal, we need a new social contract

A future of hard economic and social choices looms, and voters’ priorities have changed utterly since the general election

7th June, 2020
Grafton Street in Dublin: as shops begin to reopen, it will become apparent how much poorer a lot of us have become Picture: Fergal Phillips

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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