Wednesday April 1, 2020

Forget any marriage of convenience – we need to formalise the consensus

The time for doing deals and parish-pump politics is over: the leaders of all our parties must step up and continue to work together in the national interest

22nd March, 2020
“We need political leaders like Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to step up.” Picture: PA

It was barely six weeks ago, but it feels as though the general election took place in another lifetime. What appeared to be a seismic shift in the political landscape now seems minor in the context of a global pandemic, a national emergency and an unfolding public health threat the likes of which has not been seen in a century.

The government has acted decisively and proportionately in deciding to close colleges, schools, creches and...

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