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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Scenes from today’s talks on the formation of a new coalition.

TD Paul Murphy said the two sides discussed how to form a left-leaning government. Solidarity-PBP want Sinn Féin to lead one-but without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.

They want the two big parties to abstain for a Dáil vote on Taoiseach and “get out of the way”.

TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the minority left wing government, involving them, would then implement change, including reversing the pension age to 65 and freezing rents and increasing the minimum wage.

The TDs said they and the left-wing administration involving Sinn Féin would then “defy” either of the two big parties to bring that coalition down and trigger a fresh general election.

From top: Social Democrats co-leaders Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy; Solidarity/People Before Profit/Rise’s Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett and Mick Barry; Sinn Féin’s Eoin O Broin, Pearse Doherty and Louise O’Reilly.

Healy-Raes Ask How Sinn Fein’s Promises Will Be Funded (irish Examiner)

Earlier: Room For Small Ones



Too soon?

How long will this useless government last?

‘sheet political analyst Shane Heneghan writes:

Fianna Fáil have put themselves on a tight rope trying to balance leadership of the opposition and prop up the government on issues of confidence and supply. The incentive for them to pull the plug in the event of them performing well in a few stray polls may prove unbearable.

Fine Gael may not be in too different a position to them and may feel the lure of another election in time if this arrangement starts to feel more and more like a hostage situation.

Unless, of course, Stockholm syndrome takes over and given how close the pair of them are ideologically that idea is not to be ruled out.

Sinn Féin probably stand to benefit the most from the situation as they can easily portray this deal as a cosy elite consensus that offers no real leadership. Only Gerry Adams’ twitter account stands between them and more gains.

Unless, of course Labour make a decent crack at recovery. It was interesting to see them vote against Kenny’s final nomination and it will be fascinating to see if any of their grievances from the last government are exposed or leaked in the coming weeks and months.

One of the issues Labour campaigned on was a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. If they are wise and if they can, they should table a vote on the matter in the Dáil.

It won’t pass, of course, but it will be interesting for voters to see where certain members stand on the issue- particularly Sinn Féin who have been remarkably ambiguous on the matter.

With the appointment of Katherine Zapponne there are now two openly LGBT senior members of cabinet out of 15 – that’s 13% – a European/International record perhaps?

This is, of course, another small victory in terms of visibility and representation. But perhaps what’s more progressive still is that no one even bats an eye lid at this – it’s simply not an issue any more.

Shane Heneghan is a Brussels-based psepholig sepho  psiv  poltical scientist person.

Related: The 32nd Dáil: A Look Ahead



This afternoon.

Mattie McGrath TD (centre) with replenished members of the Independent Rural Alliance outside Government Buildings.

Vote On Taoiseach To Take Place Friday (Irish Times)




Frances Fitzgerald outside government buildings with three pre-2008 construction workers about to feast on breakfast rolls.

Oh we’re back.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin (right)and Fine Gael leader, and acting Taoiseach, Enda Kenny

Pat Leahy, in the Irish Times this morning, reports:

Meetings to discuss a possible new government will continue today as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil intensify their efforts to woo Independent TDs in advance of Wednesday’s vote for taoiseach.

Fianna Fáil will hold an all-day meeting with the group of five rural Independents. Tomorrow it will meet the six members of the Independent Alliance.

Front bench Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan dismissed reports that the party’s mood towards coalition with Fine Gael was softening.

And party sources said the Leitrim Fianna Fáil organisation last week voted 50 votes to none against coalition with Fine Gael in an example of grassroots feeling, which is strongly against any such deal.

Meanwhile, earlier…

And yesterday…


Leo Varadkar tweeted:

My posters cleaned, counted, stored and ready to be deployed.

FF denies mood softening towards FG coalition (Pat Leahy, Irish Times)

Related: Does anyone still take them seriously? (Gene Kerrigan, Sunday Independent)