Pat Rabbitte: It’s time for Martin to get tough with FF rank and file

If he wants to stay in office until 2022, the Taoiseach will have to shape up and discipline the parliamentary party

20th September, 2020
Pat Rabbitte: It’s time for Martin to get tough with FF rank and file
The Taoiseach seems to have lost his confidence. Picture: Brian Lawless, PA

There is nothing novel about a coalition government at the fag end of an administration beginning to fray at the edges or worse. What is novel is a government, newly formed, betraying signs of being hopelessly adrift and rudderless.

We have seen all the combinations: for example, the coalition parties staying in harness to contest the ensuing election as Fine Gael and Labour did in 1977 and (with Democratic Left) in 1997. The alternative is...

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