I was involved in Programme for Government negotiations on eight occasions: four full programmes and four mid-term reviews.
The first was the Fianna Fáil/Labour Partnership Programme following the 1992 election. In many ways it was the first of its kind as it involved detailed line-by-line negotiations over ten weeks by two teams of negotiators.
It has been said, inaccurately as it happens, that negotiations opened between the parties when Labour sent over their...
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