Political heavyweights face uncertain future

Political heavyweights  face uncertain future
Leo Varadkar: coalition with Sinn Féin? Fergal Phillips

The next election will mark a permanent shift in the power balance, but a look at root causes may help us guess the shape of things to come

If Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar are circling each other carefully over the summer months, they have good reason. Their cautious approach to the next election isn’t just because neither wants to shoulder the blame for causing it. It is also because the outcome will have profound long-term consequences for their respective parties and for Irish politics as we know it.

Elections are always a brutal and competitive business. But next time the...

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