Kenny makes his first serious move towards forming a grand coalition

In the first meeting between the Micheal Martin & Kenny, the Fine Gael Press Office told us about this offer;

This evening the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin had a positive and constructive meeting during which they discussed the current political situation and options for the formation of a stable and lasting Government. 

The Taoiseach made a formal offer for the formation of a full partnership Government including Fine Gael, Independents and Fianna Fail which would have the potential to provide a stable and lasting government. The Taoiseach and  the Fianna Fail Leader have agreed to meet again tomorrow for further discussions.

Gavan Reilly from Today FM reported this response from Fianna Fail;


Further news expected today….

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  • Brian Walker

    It’s interesting to note how few genuine leaks have emerged from this lengthy process. There’s no transparency over the cost of any deal with the independents, perhaps out of FG embarrassment and fear of starting an auction with Fianna Fail. Will the public stand for Haughey- type huxter bargaining on an even bigger scale than 35 years ago? I have an awful fear they might.

    A minority coalition supported by a confidence and supply arrangement with FF has a good deal to commend it provided the costs are declared in a programme for government before the next vote for Taoiseach.

    While a grand coalition has its obvious attractions it differs from the German precedents in one important respect. In Germany the CDU and SPD have important ideological differences. In the Repulbic, a FG/FF coalition, if it survived for any reasonable length of time, could create a gradual realignment of Irish politics on a more left -right basis. If the coalition worked how could FF and FG differentiate at the next election? The consequence could be a shrinking of the overall size of the centre right and the growth for the left including Sinn Fein. Is that what Ireland wants? The two main parties are bound to resist it

    The final option could be electoral reform with either the introduction of first past the post ( which defeated both de Valera and Jack Lynch) or a Scottish mixed constituency and party list system which might produce stronger governments . But Ireland doesn’t seem ready for that.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Well Northern Ireland has showed the South that two parties and others can form a coalition and still fight with one another on many caveats.

    It would be ridiculous to call most of the things the DUP and SF fight over left vs. right issues.

  • Gingray

    Why change what is not broken? The current system allows for a choice, FPTP leads more often to two party systems.

    If another election is needed then so be it, history has shown that it happens from time to time, in Ireland and the UK, and in other countries around the world.