Getting close to time for the Independents to either fish or cut bait

Great take on the continuing deadlock in the Republic from Harry Magee in the Irish Times Inside Politics newsletter (sign up here)…

As we report this morning, Burton is now striking a more realistic (and fatalistic) tone, telling her party’s supporters to prepare for another election.

She is probably not far off the mark. The Fine Gael and Fianna Fail negotiations should produce a workable outcome. The difficulty will be with the Independents. It always has been.

The first thing you must understand with Independents is that the national interest dovetails with the local interest. Therefore, there will be local and sectional deals for every Independent deputy who signs up for government and a Late Late Show approach when it comes to ministries and chairs of committees (one for everyone in the audience).

I’m surprised to hear there’s much hope on the Irish Water front between FG and FF, but it’s getting close to time for the Independents to either fish or cut bait.

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  • chrisjones2

    Not so much cut bait as end up as bait?

  • Declan Doyle

    The dangers of being sandwiched between FF and FG is enough to scare off the bravest political soldier.

  • Croiteir

    I don’t know what harry said in his piece, couldn’t be bothered signing up in case I get even more spam in my email inbox, but it is clear it is impossible to deal with so many disparate egos. They will be asking for a danegeld to maintain their dubious loyalty. They will be backstabbing and gainsaying. It would be worse than packing hens in a crate. MM was right – pee or get of the po. I would go for another election with the hope that they could not afford it or would get rejected by the people. But then that is risky and it is not my arse that is getting used to the Dail benches.