For the past 10 weeks since the election, Talking Point has studiously ignored domestic politics since nothing was actually happening! Today we break our fast, and bring you great analysts looking at this new government. We’re asking can it work? Should the Taoiseach have gone to the country rather than stomach the compromises? And why from Trump in the US to our rainbow of Independents here, why have anti-establishment voters been offered only chaos instead of a credible coherent alternative?
Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at DCU and author of Electoral Competition in Ireland since 1987 – the politics of triumph and despair.
Gerard Howlin, columnist with the Irish Examiner.
Sheila Reilly, editor of the Longford Leader.
Blair Horan, former General Secretary of the CPSU, the Civil and Public Service trade Union.