Bruce Arnold

Chief Critic of the Irish Independent, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

FG can govern without Labour - if it wants to

Enda Kenny went out to achieve a mandate, to put a programme to the people of Ireland and get their approval. It was a cleverly worded document, incomplete in some important areas like the bailout, which was treated cautiously by the main parties and on which further structural work is still required.

But he proposed enough in his programme to win what Fine Gael has never won before, the support of a sufficient number of voters to give us a stable single-party government. Read More...