Tuesday June 2, 2020

Elaine Byrne: Get ready for a government of necessity

Our TDs have shown they can’t even agree on when the Dáil should sit, so it's a bit optimistic to think they could cooperate to run the country

5th April, 2020
If TDs cannot agree when a Dáil should sit, how the hell does anyone think a unity government would actually function?

We are down to brass tacks in terms of government formation talks. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are in a process of exchanging papers on key policy issues, with a view to agreeing on a joint framework document this week.

There are two hurdles before a vote for Taoiseach can take place. The first is one of simple maths. Together, both parties have 72 Dáil seats, eight short of a majority. Another party...

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