Friday December 6, 2019

"Political bigotry and the ‘narcissism of small differences’ are keeping Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael apart"

Pity the poor independent TDs who have devoted 100 hours to talks with parties whose leaders could not spare each other a half hour

10th April, 2016
"Is it not very strange that both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were quite willing to go into government with the Labour Party - a party well to the left of either of them - but are not willing to govern with a party to which they are far closer in terms of ideology and history? Why? The answer is simple - naked party self-interest."

T his has been a bad week for Ireland. Instead of earning the respect of the people, the leaders of the two large parties seem intent on courting their contempt. Their efforts to position themselves favourably in the public eye and to outflank each other are pitiful.

All the talk of 1916 and of patriotism, vision and self-sacrifice two weeks ago evaporated when Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin showed themselves incapable and unwilling to stay...

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