They might not even make it until the 7th of December.
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The Republic of Ireland's two main opposition parties have called for an immediate general election
after an EU-led bail-out of the country's economy.
The Labour Party and Fine Gael spoke out after the Green Party, junior partners in the governing coalition, called for an election in January.
On Monday, two independent MPs helping to prop up the coalition said they could not commit to supporting the budget unless the opposition had a hand in drafting it. Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said it was “essential that we have a new government elected as soon as possible.” Michael Lowry, one of two independents who currently prop up the government, said it was “highly unlikely” he would “support [that] budget,” indicating there should be an election before a budget was agreed. Jackie Healy Rae, independent for Kerry South, said he would “no longer support this government”, and that it was “very very unlikely” he would support the budget.http://www2.macleans.ca/category/need-t ... ent=159480
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Ah, but wait, there's more!Globe and Mail
Lost in the headlines about bailouts is the fact that the much vaunted European Financial Stability Fund is not actually funded,
which means that the Germans, French, Belgians et al will undoubtedly have to tap the sovereign debt market to cover their respective shares of the bill.
The Irish should really take their time with this. Stretching the decision making process well into Spring should just about do it.
Then we could all very well live in a euro-free world