Par­ties not polls apart on election

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE -

MICHEAL Martin’s let­ter to the Taoiseach looks to have en­sured there will not be a gen­eral election this year.

The pub­lic would cer­tainly not have thanked Fine Gael or Fianna Fail for forc­ing them to go to the polls in the run up to Christ­mas.

While the Govern­ment’s po­si­tion be­came even more pre­car­i­ous fol­low­ing De­nis Naugh­ten’s res­ig­na­tion an election now would only lead to a pe­riod of in­tense in­sta­bil­ity.

While the lat­est opin­ion poll gives a ma­jor boost to Fianna Fail the most likely out­come of an election now would be a hung Dail.

This would lead to weeks of ne­go­ti­a­tions as both the par­ties strug­gle to form a govern­ment in what could be a re­run of the events af­ter the last election.

The Taoiseach’s an­nounce­ment that he too wants to avoid an election will be wel­comed but the pub­lic might not agree with him that the cur­rent con­fi­dence and sup­ply agree­ment should go on for an­other two years.

But Leo Varad­kar is spot on when he says it is vi­tal that this coun­try se­cures the best pos­si­ble Brexit deal.

Mr Martin pointed to the “con­stantly chang­ing sit­u­a­tion in West­min­ster” where the Tory party is tear­ing it­self asun­der and where the Bri­tish Labour party is also deeply di­vided over Brexit.

A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion here must be avoided at all costs.

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