Pat Leahy: Ireland had better get used to minority governments

Poll shows majority for Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil is out of question so deals will be done

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he and the administration he heads are relatively popular by the standards of recent  governments. Photograph: Olivier Matthys

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he and the administration he heads are relatively popular by the standards of recent governments. Photograph: Olivier Matthys

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, published this week, was remarkable for the degree of stability it demonstrated at a time of considerable flux in Irish politics.

Threats to the Government are internal and external – first from the ending of the confidence-and-supply agreement with Fianna Fáil and the associated uncertainty about whether the administration has a future, and then from the possibility of a calamitous no-deal Brexit next year, with all the economic disruption and political dislocation it would entail.

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