Economic Uncertainty Will Test Ireland’s Fragile Minority Government

Newly elected Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, with President Michael D. Higgins at the presidential residence, Dublin, May 6, 2016 (Press Association photo by Brian Lawless via AP).
Newly elected Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, with President Michael D. Higgins at the presidential residence, Dublin, May 6, 2016 (Press Association photo by Brian Lawless via AP).
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The results of Ireland’s general election in late February were as indecisive as anyone could have imagined, leaving a hung parliament. After unsuccessful talks about forming a grand coalition, few are confident of the stability of the new minority government, led by Fine Gael and backed, at least for now, by its longtime rival, Fianna Fail. The breaking point will most likely come on economic policy issues. For decades Ireland’s traditional party of government, Fianna Fail had been severely punished in the previous general election in 2011 for the economic collapse over which it presided. It made a strong recovery […]

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