Wednesday January 22, 2020

Ploughing a wayward furrow

With a crucial budget looming, is the minority government really working - and will it last?

25th September, 2016
Enda Kenny: his minority government is hobbled by its lack of numbers PIc: PA

Last Sunday, Simon Harris and Finian McGrath sat down together in a rain-soaked Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland final between Dublin and Mayo. They’re an unlikely ministerial double act in the Department of Health. Harris is the fresh-faced, clean-cut, ambitious Fine Gaeler. McGrath is the veteran independent TD and self-styled political maverick who famously likes a smoke.

McGrath thought Harris would be too nerdy for his liking, while the Fine Gael minister...

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