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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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The politics of changing coalitions

The politics of changing coalitions

(p.53) 3 The politics of changing coalitions
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

Gary Murphy

Manchester University Press

Chapter three examines Fianna Fáil's difficulties with coalition and assesses its governments with first the PDs and later the Labour party. It examines the formation and collapse of both governments and the establishment of the Rainbow coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and Democratic Left from 1994 to 1997. It analyses the Beef Tribunal report and discusses the political consequences of this tortuous affair. It assesses the Rainbow coalition government's difficulties with issues of morality and corruption by discussing the Divorce referendum of 1995 and the beginning of the period of tribunals in Irish life.

Keywords:   Coalition Government, Beef Tribunal, Corruption, Divorce

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