Monday November 23, 2020

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must stop wasting time and pair up

It’s time to stop the refrain that ‘this is not what the voters asked for’. As ever, they asked for lots of things, and they can’t have them all

21st February, 2020
Danny and Maura Healy-Rae play the accordion, accompanied by Elaine Healy-Rae on the tin whistle, outside Leinster House on the first day of the 33rd Dáil. Picture: Leah Farrell/

The fancy dresses, fast cars and accordions of opening day at Dáil Éireann can be put away now; the political celebrating and high-fiving is over and so, hopefully, is the recent pretence of serious inter-party negotiation. Cold reality has arrived.

Ceann comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl suspended the Dáil for two weeks on Thursday, a period that everyone knows is far too short to produce a meaningful outcome, but long enough perhaps for...

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