Coalition deal may see Irish politics change forever

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been supremely responsive to evolving whims of voters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds his first press conference following the announcement that Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens have agreed a draft for government with Martin set to become the next taoiseach. Video: RTÉ News Now

One of the reasons that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have run every government since the 1920s is that they have been supremely responsive to the evolving whims of their voters, and endlessly pliable in changing times.

That ability to adapt, to change and – where necessary – to perform outrageous U-turns is to some people evidence of a brazen cynicism that would sell its most dearly-held principles for power; for others it embodies the centrist, consensual politics that has underpinned a moderate polity, a prosperous economy and a redistributive state.

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