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New Year, Old Problems Irish Times Inside Politics

As 2017 drew to a close political staff did the traditional round of Christmas interviews with senior politicians. Familiar themes emerged: the extremely thorny issue of housing, the popularity contest between the two major parties, and what a future coalition government involving Sinn Féin might look like.

Today Simon Carswell and Fiach Kelly talk to Hugh about the major political challenges in the year ahead:

Michael Martin - can his party recover ground lately lost to Fine Gael?
Eoghan Murphy - can he define success in housing and then achieve that success?
Mary Lou MacDonald - as leader, can she finally manoeuvre Sinn Féin into power?

As 2017 drew to a close political staff did the traditional round of Christmas interviews with senior politicians. Familiar themes emerged: the extremely thorny issue of housing, the popularity contest between the two major parties, and what a future coalition government involving Sinn Féin might look like.

Today Simon Carswell and Fiach Kelly talk to Hugh about the major political challenges in the year ahead:

Michael Martin - can his party recover ground lately lost to Fine Gael?
Eoghan Murphy - can he define success in housing and then achieve that success?
Mary Lou MacDonald - as leader, can she finally manoeuvre Sinn Féin into power?

33 min

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