Thursday October 1, 2020

The gang that couldn't shoot straight

After a succession of unnecessary crises, the future for this coalition is uncertain, writes Pat Leahy.

22nd June, 2014
A year ago, the abortion crisis saw Enda Kenny lose a number of members of his parliamentry party, but he was able to reassert his leadership and move on. Six months later, it is a different story, with the government looking increasingly incompetent. Picture: PA

Twelve months ago, as the coalition contemplated its approaching half way point, the big question about the government remained unanswered: would its austerity policies produce the desired result of an economic recovery?

By then Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore’s government, under the supervision of the EU/IMF troika, had implemented two years of tough fiscal medicine – a condition of continuing funding from the international lenders. Though there were some undeniable green shoots in the economy...

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