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An apology to Fine Gael regarding the feasibility of Inter-Party Government. June 16, 2007

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Election 2007, Irish Politics.


I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Fine Gael and members of that party. I may have, in recent weeks, since the election of the 30th Dáil, implied on Politics.ie that the suggestion that Enda Kenny might fashion together an Inter-Party Government comprising Fine Gael, Labour, the Green Party, the Progressive Democrats and a number of Independent TDs was ‘absurd’, ‘unfeasible’, ‘ridiculous’, ‘unwieldy beyond belief’, ‘impracticable’, ‘wrong’ and ‘nonsense’.

I now recognise, in view of the composition of the present Coalition between Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, the Progressive Democrats, Jackie Healy-Rae, Finian McGrath, Michael Lowry and Beverley Cooper Flynn, that my previous statements were entirely incorrect and that the terms ‘absurd’, ‘ridiculous’, ‘unwieldy beyond belief’, ‘impracticable’, ‘wrong’, ‘nonsense’ could equally be applied to the current coalition prior to its formation.

It is now apparent that Enda Kenny was entirely visionary in the suggestion that such an alliance could be formed to prevent Fianna Fáil from attaining Government in this Dáil. The outlines of the Inter-Party Government he sought were almost identical to that finally formed, and the sticking point that others raised, a total incompatablity between the Progressive Democrats and the Green Party on policy issues, was as he correctly discerned a mere detail. Moreover his innovative idea that gene-pool Independents might work with a party of the opposite stripe to their DNA was also essentially correct.

Clearly had Enda Kenny fashioned together such a political alliance it too would have been in a position to deliver as strong and stable a government for this country as the current coalition intends to do.

Again, my sincere apologies…


1. Pidge - June 16, 2007

🙂 The proposed one is slightly less feasible (and, for me, prefereable) because if the Greens or Independents pulled out, the government would fall.


2. Pidge - June 16, 2007

(When I say “proposed”, I meant to say “proposed FG”. Ooops.


3. WorldbyStorm - June 16, 2007

Whereas with the current lash-up any constituent element can leave and it makes no difference whatsoever. Although as an acerbic colleague of mine noted he hoped some of the Independents would make sure to bail out in 2010 or 11 in order to claw back a little bit of credibility.

Just you wait.


4. joemomma - June 16, 2007

When you put it like that, it’s all the more surprising that Enda Kenny didn’t really make any serious effort to put such a Government together. Did Kenny just recognise that he doesn’t have the special coalition-building mojo possessed by Bertie?


5. soubresauts - June 16, 2007

If Enda had guessed that the Greens would go into negotiations in such a forelock-tugging, principles-abandoned manner, he’d have made more of an effort.


6. WorldbyStorm - June 16, 2007

I think when it comes down to it Kenny simply couldn’t really contemplated a deal in any way with SF, even to the point of say a deal on certain issues that would see them abstain in the vote on government formation – there is precedent for that, and it’s not as if SF were saying they wouldn’t deal with FG. Some may call that principle. Seems to me that when it came down to it FG – and Labour – didn’t have the appetite for power that Ahern did.


7. joemomma - June 17, 2007

soubresauts, are you seriously suggesting that Enda didn’t make an effort to build a coalition because he thought the Greens wouldn’t be keen? Or that he passed on the opportunity of becoming Taoiseach because he didn’t want to make concessions to the Greens?

Or are you just having another cheap dig at the party?


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