Politics: A year of chaos, coronavirus and compromises

The first ever FF-FG coalition made 2020 truly historic, but the real political earthquake was the impact of Covid-19 on our economy and society

Micheál Martin celebrates being elected to the 33rd Dáil at the Cork South-Central constituency at Nemo Rangers GAA club. Picture: Getty

In any normal Irish political year, the first ever coalition government to involve Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would have been the dominant event. But the commentary about the end of Civil War politics was marginalised by the defining national and global issue of 2020 – the Covid-19 pandemic.

It led to a series of events which had seemed unthinkable just a year earlier.

A caretaker government shut down most of the country’s public-facing businesses ...