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Sunday 4 December 2016

Editorial: FG-Labour pact looks a cynical plan

IN IT TOGETHER: Joan and Enda have made a voting pact but Fine Gael is sure to get a bigger slice of the electoral cake
IN IT TOGETHER: Joan and Enda have made a voting pact but Fine Gael is sure to get a bigger slice of the electoral cake

AS the general election edges closer, voters will naturally take stock of the Coalition's record over the past five years.

So too will Fine Gael and Labour figures look back on what has at times been an unhappy political marriage.

There have been fights and fallouts, but, we are told, there is a desire within both parties to keep the marriage intact for another five years.

Voters will therefore be puzzled by the ease with which some Labour figures appear to be discarding their electoral pact with Fine Gael.

The fact that some of the party's TDs say they won't honour the pact in practice sends out a bad message about Irish politics.

It paints a picture that the pact was signed solely for optics - to demonstrate that there is no alternative to the current Coalition.

At a time when cynicism with politics is at an all-time high, it is clear TDs are saying one thing in public, and another behind closed doors.

 

A day all can take pride in

It's one of those days each year when Dubliners can be proud of their city.

The capital's taxi drivers have an annual tradition to take hundreds of children and adults with special needs for a jam-packed day of fun.

The participants are treated like royalty - collected in taxis, led down O'Connell Street by the Garda Band and then entertained for the day.

It is a fantastic day that puts some of our most special citizens at the centre of proceedings.

The taxi drivers give of their time freely and willingly - even though it means they lose out on income for the day itself.

Ultimately, it's all about bringing smiles to the faces of the children and adults involved.

The charity drive is a hugely important day for the clients and their families and big-hearted taxi drivers should be commended for their incredible effort.

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