Thursday July 16, 2020

Lucinda Creighton: Independents willing to step up deserve to be treated as serious partners in government

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael appear reluctant to offer independent TDs ministerial posts; instead, they’re trying to lure them with old-style sweetheart deals

7th June, 2020
‘To bind a new government together there will be a need to be independents in ministerial positions.‘ Picture: PA

Supporters and opponents of the new post-civil war political alignment can presumably all unite in frustration at the protracted negotiations on government formation. The lack of any sense of urgency to form a government on the part of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens is becoming absurd.

The negotiations now appear to operate in a parallel universe to the one occupied by people whose lives have been upended by Covid-19, whether due...

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