Whilst Irish politics can be a bit confusing on account of the relative lack of a traditional right-left split between the two main parties- so I don't pretend to have any real expertise on the subject- surely it is a mistake for the Irish Labour Party to enter a coalition with Fine Gael.
Fianna Fail's traditional dominance has meant that Fine Gael and Labour could only ever govern with each others [insert apostrophe here] support, however in this election the two parties are first and second. So surely this is a unique opportunity for Labour to establish itself as one of the big two by becoming the official opposition to the more conservative Fine Gael. By agreeing to be junior partners in coalition they lose any chance of benefitting from the opposition that will inevitably arise when tough decisions are taken by the new government.
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