Pat Leahy: If the coalition government is to be rescued and revitalised, there is an immediate need for a wide-ranging reinvention

It is as well to speak plainly of these things.

11th May, 2014
In recent months, both parties have become more concerned with short-term politics, the old failing of Fianna Fáil governments

It is as well to speak plainly of these things. Relations between the two parties in the coalition have deteriorated to the point where they are generally atrocious. They are no longer primarily one government, but two parties struggling with a civil cohabitation and some shared aims. People who sit at the cabinet table say that there is rarely a meeting without a serious disagreement.

Publicly, the government has, by any fair measure and even...

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