2013: halfway there - or are they?

As the Fine Gael/Labour coalition reaches the mid point of its electoral term, it's time to take stock of the successes and failures, writes Pat Leahy.

27th July, 2013
Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators. Photo: Photocall/PA

This is the middle year for the government. The coalition took office on March 9, 2011, and so reaches its halfway point in September. If there are to be mid-term blues, this is the year when the coalition should experience them.

But the end of this year is also the year when the country is scheduled to exit the bailout and bid farewell to the EU/ECB/IMF troika, whose presence has been the defining feature of the government...

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