Backroom: A conundrum for the coalition as the centre cannot hold

This weekend, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore may be pondering the old WB Yeats line about how the centre cannot hold.

27th April, 2013

It was WB Yeats, in his poem The Second Coming, who wrote the immortal line "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold". This weekend, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore may be pondering the line. Things risk falling apart for the government if they cannot craft an acceptable compromise to legislate for the X case. Already the discordant voices of the government's polar opposites on this issue - ranging from minister Lucinda Creighton to...

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