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An offer they can’t accept… December 16, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Funny to read that Fianna Fáil is looking for a ‘deal’ with Fine Gael on an election date.

Fianna Fáil has confirmed that its leader, Micheál Martin, has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar seeking to strike a deal on a date for a general election next year.

The party is not releasing the letter to the media, however a report in the Sunday Independent says Mr Martin wrote to Mr Varadkar stating it was time to “step in and give some certainty.”

The paper quotes from the letter as Mr Martin saying: “The responsible thing to do at this point is to end the speculation and agree a date for the dissolution of the Dáil, a date for the holding of an election.”

One has to imagine that any such deal will be to FF’s advantage and FG’s disadvantage!

However, then FF increased the pressure:

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there is “no point” in reconvening the Dáil in January if Taoiseach Leo Varadkar does not give certainty on when exactly the next general election will be.

FF want the election at Easter. In a way that makes sense. With the by-elections still fresh(ish) in the public mind, and by-elections where FG won no seats at all, that might see that party shipping some damage. And yet, I wonder. Events move fast these days. The UK general election has been and gone with all the attendant drama, and perhaps the by-elections today mean less than they did a week ago in the Irish political context. And, there’s a chance that FG might prosper by renewed media attention over Brexit. All of which still adds up to FF wanting that election sooner rather than later.

Though an interesting point was made that:

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed described Mr Martin’s letter as “bizarre” and said Fianna Fáil can collapse the Government at any time.
A Fine Gael source said that Mr Varadkar has already proposed holding an election next summer and that he is unlikely to move from this position.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Mr Martin was “slow off the mark”.

Which all suggests that while FF really does want an election it doesn’t want to be seen to bring down the house of cards.

Tricky!

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