Parties playing the waiting game as a spring election looms

Voters’ main concerns might be housing, health and insurance costs – but in Leinster House, for the past few months the talk has been of one thing only

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
29th December, 2019
Parties playing the waiting game as a spring election looms
Earlier this month, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wrote to the Taoiseach to suggest an election date after Easter. Picture: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

There’s something about the timing of general elections. Even when you know they’re coming, their announcement can still take you a little by surprise.

Twelve years ago, there was little doubt that an election was coming. Bertie Ahern’s second administration was just a month off being five years in power, which meant he would soon be constitutionally obliged to call an election.

And yet, when Ahern decided to pay...

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