Murphy’s house of cards

Murphy’s house of cards

Pictures of children sleeping in Tallaght Garda station last week derailed the government’s careful news management of the family homelessness issue

Summer is usually a good time for politicians, and not just because of the long holidays. For governing parties, poll ratings tend to go up. The less people see of them, the more they like them. Harsh, but convenient.

The current seasonal lull, however, is turning into a summer of discontent for the minority coalition. With a dearth of ministers around to carefully steer the news agenda, their twin policy failures of health and housing...

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