Sunday February 23, 2020

No hard and fast rules for caretaker government

A caretaker administration cannot continue indefinitely, writes constitutional expert James McDermott

6th March, 2016
Will Enda Kenny be saying goodbye to the hot seat on Thursday?

We are about to enter one of the most difficult and uncertain areas of constitutional law, namely the problems thrown up by a hung parliament.

What happens next will be determined by the limited guidance given by the text of the constitution as well as precedents in this jurisdiction.

Such uncertainty in an area of major public importance may seem surprising. However, when it comes to politics, it is hard to draft rules with precision.

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