Prediction: it's a make or break year for the coalition

Abortion and the property tax will be tricky issues, but efforts to exit the bailout will dominate the year, writes Political Editor Pat Leahy.

6th January, 2013
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton at Dublin Castle at a ceremony to mark 40 years since Ireland's EU accession. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall

The year now beginning is likely to be the defining year for the coalition government. Several major hurdles face the coalition this year; if it can successfully negotiate them, it will probably be on the road to re-election. If not, by this time next year, the partnership will probably be on the road - slowly, but inexorably - to disintegration.

Some of the issues which will define the year for the government are beyond their...

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