Pat Rabbitte: This coalition government would reconcile a century of discord

The importance of tribal identity has faded as the old rivals align with each other on policy

21st June, 2020
Pat Rabbitte: This coalition government would reconcile a century of discord
Éamon Ó Cuív, grandson of our greatest statesman, Éamon de Valera, whose actions and inactions led to the tragedy of the Civil War, is now reminiscent of the Japanese soldier who emerged fighting from the forest years after the war was over

The manoeuvrings in the Green Party have been successful in distracting attention from the historic political rapprochement happening before our eyes. Just as we prepare for the centenary excavations of a particularly grisly chapter in our history, the two parties whose antecedents fought the Civil War look like being ensconced in the same government.

It is a momentous development, even if we have lost our capacity to be surprised. Hardliners in both Fianna Fáil and...

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