The Brief – A divided isle

Euractiv | Feb 14, 2020 at 4:48 PM
  • There’s never a good time to have a political crisis but the one when your country is about to work out a complex new border arrangement with its closest neighbour must be among the worst.
  • Even if Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, which have divided power between them since the civil war, go into coalition, together they would still be five seats short of the 80 needed for a majority.
  • Sinn Fein’s breakthrough last week may have been based in large part on classic left/right ideology, but it indisputably also stands for the creation of a united Ireland.