Election 2020: Greens and Labour can hold key to which big party leads government

Party which emerges largest from next election more likely to call shots in coalition

Brendan Howlin’s blistering attack on Leo Varadkar at Labour’s party conference was the clearest signal yet that his preference is for a coalition deal with Fianna Fáil after the next election. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Brendan Howlin’s blistering attack on Leo Varadkar at Labour’s party conference was the clearest signal yet that his preference is for a coalition deal with Fianna Fáil after the next election. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

The contest between Labour and the Greens as to which of them is the bigger party after the next election is likely to have an even bigger impact on the policy direction of the next government than the battle between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil about who will lead it.

While all parties are desperately trying to get in tune with the times by committing themselves to a green agenda, and proclaiming that climate change is the great issue of the day, the Green Party has obviously better credentials on the issue than anybody else.

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