Tuesday August 11, 2020

Analysis: Unforced errors and a lack of judgement have inflicted early damage on the coalition’s reputation

The debacle over ministerial pay and the ongoing controversy over the pandemic unemployment payment threaten to undo the support people have for the government‘s efforts to tackle Covid-19

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
28th July, 2020
The new coalition of Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil, Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael and Eamon Ryan‘ Green Party has been blighted by a number of early controversies. Picture: Sam Bola/Rollingnews.ie

Politics can be all about perception, but this would appear to be something the new coalition is struggling with.

On Thursday, the government announced its €5 billion July stimulus package, worth more than €1,000 for every man, woman and child in the state. It’s an investment of historic proportions which will hopefully help the economy to survive one of the biggest economic challenges it has ever faced.

Five days after its launch, however,...

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