Thursday August 6, 2020

Comment: Political posturing appears to be back on the agenda

The initial months of the pandemic allowed little room for political playacting, but the first week of the new government was defined by squabbling and sulking. Let’s hope common sense prevails from now on

6th July, 2020
Barry Cowen, Minister for Agriculture, and Micheál Martin, Taoiseach: It emerged last week that Cowen had been caught drink driving and banned from the road for three months in 2016 but had not told Martin, his party leader, about it. Picture: Leah Farrell/

In many ways, the Covid-19 lockdown was a politics-free zone. Such was the focus on trying to reorganise an entire country at short notice that the usual business of posturing in the name of argument was abandoned. The lack of conflict was helped, of course, by the happy coincidence of a caretaker government. The collective circumstances allowed for little argument and even less time for disagreement

Not that strong opposition and proper debate should be...

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