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Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987The politics of triumph and despair$
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Gary Murphy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097652

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097652.001.0001

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Charles J. Haughey and the politics of coalition

Charles J. Haughey and the politics of coalition

(p.32) 2 Charles J. Haughey and the politics of coalition
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

Gary Murphy

Manchester University Press

Chapter two examines the politics of coalition. The minority Fianna Fáil government fell in April 1989 when it lost a vote in the Dáil on the issue of providing additional funding to haemophiliacs suffering from the Aids virus. Although that government had lost six other Dáil votes the Taoiseach Charles J. Haughey decided that his government could not be held to ransom on issues of money and finance. The election of June 1989 had far reaching consequences for the Irish party system and Irish politics in general when Fianna Fáil having failed to convince the people to give it an overall majority ultimately went into coalition with the Progressive Democrats and so ended one of Fianna Fáil's core values; that of single party government. This chapter analyses the politics of recession, the presidential election of 1990 and the eventual resignation of Charles Haughey

Keywords:   Fianna Fáil, Progressive Democrats, Coalition, Fiscal rectitude, Presidential Election

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