Tuesday January 21, 2020

Interesting times make for unpredictable elections

Fine Gael will boast of its many economic successes in government, but in a general election, its major failings on issues such as housing and hospital waiting lists may have made it unpalatable to potential coalition partners

5th January, 2020
Failings on housing and hospital waiting lists may make it difficult for Fine Gael to win coalition partners in the next general election. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Now that the British election is finally out of the way, attention in Ireland is pivoting to domestic matters, most specifically our own general election, which has been on ice for some time. Political pundits are salivating at the prospect of an early election, while incumbent parliamentarians might prefer a continued stay of execution.

The fact that the outcome of the forthcoming election is unpredictable makes it interesting. The last three general elections were broadly...

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