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Our new government? April 7, 2020

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Mícheál Lehane on RTE has some thoughts on government formation, and in particular the role Independent TDs may play. But he also has this thought to start off with, that FG’s position is, oddly, better than it was directly after the election. This is in no small part due to its management of the crisis.

In the words of one of its opponents, “they’ve fewer seats but more power”.

But how to build a government off the back of all this?

Lehane argues that even those who have seemingly ruled themselves out of government formation, that is the GP and SDs are still perhaps in play. And Labour even more so (it will be interesting to see if my old WP and DL comrade, PdR’s intervention has any effect at all in regard to this).

But if that fails, what then? Pragmatically any government of FF/FG requires around 10 or more other TDs to supplement them and offer some guarantee of stability in the Dáil. Lehane picks from across the three groups of Independents, that is Regional, Rural and the nominally more leftish/centrist Independent Group. And he pulls three from the latter, Marian Harkin, Michael McNamara and Michael Fitzmaurice. Where that would leave their three remaining members of that group, Catherine Connolly, Thomas Pringle and Joan Collins is quite a question.

But the point is well made, there’s clearly a pool there of likely Independents. Would some or all jump? And how would this function in terms of Ministerial positions?

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1. tomasoflatharta - April 7, 2020

A worker asks us if the celebrity actions of the Irish Acting Taoiseach are a help or a hindrance to the war against the CoronaVirus Epidemic.

Seriously. What worries me is not Leo the Doctor, but Leo the Taoiseach.

I think the discussion on whether he worked as a Doctor and has the experience or not is not the real issue. This ‘fact’, whatever it is, has very little value, if any at all, in terms of our situation, our lives and the state of the health system and the country as a whole.

He is paid and uses his authority as the leader of the country, not as a volunteer Doctor.
As a volunteer Doctor, his actions or his help is no bigger or smaller, no more or less significant than thousands of other healthcare workers. Why this big fuss, big media headline?
Why, because the mainstream media is on this “let’s be positive at all costs” trip. Leo has now a new PR machine.
We just got defective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shipped from China. Total incompetence.
Nurses and other workers in hospitals are not fully protected in terms of PPE. Listen to nurses.
Student nurses are NOT paid as we believed to be the case. Fact.
Private hospitals are NOT nationalised as we believed to be the case.
Workers are facing serious problems, in terms of ambiguity of definition of essential/essential services, health and safety other challenges from bosses. Listen to workers.
People in homeless hubs, hostels, or in overcrowded family conditions – cannot self- isolate.
Asylum seekers in Direct provision are living in extremely dangerous conditions.
Doctor Leo Varadkar the Taoiseach still targets the poorest, lowest paid workers in his latest statement (See the IT piece today)
People are extremely worried about piling up rent and utility bills.
In summary, I personally don’t care about any celebrity style ‘volunteerism’ which has, in terms of real impact, more self serving value than aiding to the efforts to healthcare workers. https://tomasoflatharta.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/acting-taoiseach-leo-varadkar-the-volunteer-doctor-celebrity-distraction-hindrance-to-health-services/

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