Tomás Ó Flatharta

Looking at Things from the Left

Fianna Fáil’s O’Callaghan supports national govt idea – Family Squabbles on the Right Wing of the Irish Political Establishment Nearing a Conclusion.

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For nearly 100 years, since the foundation of the partitioned Irish State in 1921, Governmental Power has alternated between the dominant Fianna Fáil Party and its junior sibling Fine Gael – Tweedledum Versus Tweedledee. The February 8 2020 General Election Result ended this sham – FFFG between them secured 72 seats, well short of the required 80 seat majority. Until now a FFFG plus GG (Gombeens and Greens) Coalition Government looked likely as the third Irish Civil War party, Sinn Féin, was rejected by FFFG – considered to be too left-wing, especially by FF.

Now, a leading FF TD, Jim O’Callaghan, has changed the tune – we might see a SFFFFG Coalition.

Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan has said that Fianna Fáil may have been too definitive in ruling out a government with Sinn Féin and said he would “go along” with the idea of a national government to deal with the coronavirus. 

Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon insisted a functioning government was in place and that there were daily meetings of the emergency committee dealing with coronavirus.

He said the Taoiseach would have no issue in talking to other leaders and there was already full dialogue between the Minister for Health and other health spokespeople. 

— Read on www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0308/1120949-government-formation/

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