Power exacts a heavy price

This year will be remembered as one when the reality of governing in an age of austerity damaged both Fine Gael and Labour, writes Pat Leahy.

23rd December, 2012
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: the coalition has been under pressure. Photo: Photocall

After the hope and promise of the change of government in 2011, and the feelgood factor generated by the visits of US President Barack Obama and Britain's Queen Elizabeth that summer, 2012 was the year when the coalition became accustomed to the grim reality of governing in an age of austerity.

For the opposition, it was a year of contrasts. Sinn Féin's aggressive and populist opposition to austerity, as well as the publicity benefits from leading the...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 1 year ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago