Division Bell: No sign of our promised new politics

The flare-up between Róisín Shortall and James Reilly which led to Shortall's resignation confirmed that the way of doing things has not changed all that much, writes Pat Leahy.

29th September, 2012

What have the controversies which engulfed Phil Hogan and James Reilly last week got in common? More than you might think.

Róisín Shortall resigned principally because her own party leadership would not back her against Reilly. Quite possibly, Eamon Gilmore was not in a position to do that - demanding the head of a Fine Gael minister could have sundered the unity at the very centre of the coalition which is the rock on which...

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