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Pat Leahy: The economy may be steadily improving, but the government's political fortunes are only getting worse

The coalition government took office in 2011 in circumstances which meant that politics largely had to take a back seat.

6th April, 2014
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The bald fact remains: the government got rid of the Commissioner and it hasn't told us why.

The coalition government took office in 2011 in circumstances which meant that politics largely had to take a back seat.

The fundamental decision - to follow the programme of the previous government while trying to improve it and in the meantime to play ball with the troika - meant that the freedom to manoeuvre was extraordinarily restricted, more limited than for any Irish government in modern times.

The coalition's basic political strategy sought to make a...

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