Though the hard necessities of politics played a part, Willie O’Dea brought his downfall on himself. His last few days in office read like a Greek tragedy

20th February, 2010

Sooner or later, every party that shares a coalition government with Fianna Fáil has to do this.

The Greens have resisted it, asserting that they were not Fianna Fáil’s moral guardians. The bargain they have made with their partners - and with themselves - is clear: they will continue in government as long as they can get their policies implemented - policies like a carbon tax, like political reform, like investment in green...

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