This three-party coalition is ill equipped for challenges ahead
While commentators enthusiastically welcomed the formation of this government, few of them asked the hard questions about its largely aspirational programme. Sinn Féin will be very satisfied with the outcome
So the votes are in and we have a government. The clarion call of our commentariat and national “establishment” has been answered. There was virtual cheering and hurrahing all across the Twitter-sphere on Friday night at the news of the Green Party vote, as any veneer of impartiality or neutrality was well and truly abandoned.
The newspaper editorials from the Irish Times to the Examiner had made it abundantly clear that this was...
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