Greens present government conditions…

In case you are concerned at the length of time that the horse trading has gone on so far in the Republic, just note that Wales still doesn’t have a settled Executive yet… smart money is on a Plaid/Tory administration. The Dail maths still suggest it could go either way. Intriguingly, the Greens have set out their core issues in a document formally presented to Fianna Fail today. In all likelihood it was prepared long before the result of the election was known. Not sure if there is anything in it but Jim McDaid may be attempting some hard bargaining from inside the party. The question seems to be just how reliable would a pact with the independents be? And, more pointedly, can the Greens work with the PDs on Health not least on the controversial issue of co-location?

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