Saturday August 8, 2020

Time for three main parties to embrace the unthinkable

As negotiations between the parties move at a snail’s pace and the coronavirus crisis escalates rapidly, there is one obvious – if short-term – solution: the formation of a national government

8th March, 2020
Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Féin and Arlene Foster of the DUP: Americans may ask why political co-operation that once seemed impossible in Belfast is still ruled out in Dublin. Picture: PA

When the Dáil met last Thursday for the second time since the general election, there was unanimous agreement on one significant issue. TDs on all sides agreed that a special coronavirus crisis committee should not be established. The crisis was too serious, every speaker said, and the pressures on health officials too great to require their attendance at meetings of a new Oireachtas committee. Instead, TDs are to be briefed privately on developments.


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