Thursday July 16, 2020

Zigzags along the path to forming a new government

The three parties in coalition talks have yet to explore the role of independents or the effects of a potential Green leadership change

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

24th May, 2020
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTE studios

It is always dangerous putting forward a deadline in politics. In 1998, the chairman of the Good Friday Agreement talks, former US senator George Mitchell, wanted to get the deal done in time for Good Friday, so he set a deadline of midnight on Thursday.

In the end, it took 17 hours more, with the final deal being signed at 5.30pm on Good Friday itself.

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens now seem confident that a...

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