Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to talk terms on a minority government…

Interesting wording from Fine Gael this pm: note the lack a mention of “partnership”…

Following exploratory talks this morning, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams have agreed to meet early next week to discuss how a viable minority government would work.

I’d mark that down as progress, not least because it now matches the Fianna Fáil leaders wording…

“Following exploratory talks today, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed to meet next week to discuss how a viable minority government would work.”

I’d say that marks the beginning of serious business, and the end of grandstanding. Along with some of the adjustments being brought forward by the reform committee we could see a minority government becoming much more viable…

  • Peter Doran

    A full partnership arrangement between FG and FF would have blown the game wide open…revealed the extent to which both parties have relied on each other to define the narrow boundaries of dissent in Irish politics…Instead, in the form of a none-to-subtle deal to support a ‘minority government’, FF will occupy the opposition benches nodding approval at those opposite, while watching their backs in the approach to the next election. The only thing that will have changed is this: What was once tacit [the FF/FG stranglehold on Irish politics] will become more explicit as they watch the tide go out on their near century old counter-revolution.