Monday November 23, 2020

Grand coalition still the main show in town as Dáil returns

Martin strikes conciliatory tone with Fine Gael and excoriates Sinn Féin as TDs fail to elect a taoiseach

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

20th February, 2020
Varadkar made it clear that Fine Gael will talk to Fianna Fáil about government formation. Picture: Maxwell

“What exactly are we doing here today?” was the question from Aontú leader Peadar Toibín. The first day of the 33rd Dáil went exactly as expected. Seán Ó Fearghaíl was re-elected for a second term as ceann comhairle and the Dáil was unable to vote in a taoiseach.

But to say that it was all pointless would be a mistake. For a...

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