Thursday September 24, 2020

Sinn Féin wasting our time with quest for government of the left

A coalition without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael would fall apart before its first budget, given policy differences and previous splits

16th February, 2020
Sinn Fein Leader, Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as the newest members of the Sinn Fein Parliamentary Party meet for the first time at Leinster House in Dublin. Thursday February 13, 2020. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

The opening salvos have not been encouraging. Wasting time examining whether Sinn Féin might lead “a government of the left” is more redolent of the kind of stunt associated with Sinn Féin self-promotion than it is of the statecraft needed to construct a stable government.

Firstly, the numbers simply aren’t there. Secondly, a government comprising the diverse elements of what is simplistically termed “the left” wouldn’t endure until the...

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