Pat Leahy: The row over the the general election threatens to overshadow the most generous budget since 2007

Coalition governments run on trust, and on the golden rule of no surprises - both were shattered last week

11th October, 2015
The Taoiseach and Tainiste appear to differ on when the election should be held

Hyped-up stories about splits in government are one of the most common features of political reporting. Most of them overstate some minor row. But the row over the timing of the general election is not minor. I cannot recall a time when the two parties were so starkly divided in public and in private. Coalition governments run on trust, and on the golden rule of no surprises. Both were shattered last week.

Though the parties...

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