Fintan O’Toole: Even the Blueshirts are turning red

The political environment has changed radically but can the existing parties adapt to it?

Last year Simon Coveney predicted: ‘Ireland, post this crisis, will be a different place.’

Last year Simon Coveney predicted: ‘Ireland, post this crisis, will be a different place.’

Under the icesheet of the pandemic, a very large change in the nature of Irish politics has been taking shape. It can be summed up very simply: Ireland can no longer be governed from the right.

Last year, when Fine Gael was hoping that left-wing parties like Labour and the Social Democrats might be wooed as coalition partners, Simon Coveney told Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ radio that “Ireland, post this crisis, will be a different place. The role of the community will be different. The role of the State in terms of its relationship with the private sector will be different.”

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