Monday January 20, 2020

Murphy‘s law and a double whammy of housing and health crises

Brexit has helped keep Fine Gael in power for four years, and should it actually take place by late January, a February general election here is a real possibility

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

8th December, 2019
Leo Varadkar wants to lead Fine Gael to an unprecedented ‘three in a row’, but his ambitions could be scuppered by the housing, homelessness and health crises. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Leo Varadkar recently proclaimed his ambition to lead Fine Gael to its first ever electoral “three in a row”.

He did so, of course, before the four by-election defeats that have set nerves jangling in Fine Gael. Minister for housing Eoghan Murphy survived the opposition motion of no confidence last week by three votes, but the housing and health crises are continuing to damage Fine Gael.

Add in the controversies over the Dáil...

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