Saturday August 8, 2020

Coronavirus threat has rendered pre-election promises redundant

It might be hard for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to join forces, but it looks inevitable in the face of a national crisis

8th March, 2020
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It is in Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin’s interests to postpone the next election for as long as possible. Picture: PA

Based on the Election 2020 outcome and the most recent Behaviour & Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times which put Sinn Féin at 35 per cent, the assumption must be that a second general election would hand power to Mary Lou McDonald‘s party. Hence the inevitable, if belated, Fianna Fáil overtures to Fine Gael about coalition, despite Fine Gael’s reluctance to be embraced.

It is easy to see why...

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