Junior coalition partners needn’t be meat in sandwich

The lesson for smaller parties is not to forsake coalition altogether, but to execute it better

3rd April, 2016
Labour Party Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin holds a copy of the Comprehensive Expenditure Report with Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan Pic: Rollingnews.ie

As Fine Gael pursues the possibility of a minority government, there has been talk of the precedent of 1948 for an unlikely coalition. But the most unlikely coalition in Irish history was that of 1916.

The conventional view of the leaders of the Rising is that they were radical idealists, rejecting the compromise that the Irish Parliamentary Party had wrought with Britain. Viewed from a different angle, though, they were pragmatists, willing to ignore the ideological chasm...

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