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High-stakes game for coalition parties

While the government must take a lot of the blame for the economic crisis, the opposition parties are playing politics, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

21st February, 2009

The next few weeks will decide the future of Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s coalition government. If it can withstand the period of political and industrial relations pressure now beginning, it may be able to lead the country through the current recession. If not, it will crumble towards a general election and certain annihilation.

Several public service trade unions have announced their intention to strike over the government’s levy on their pensions. A period of...

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