Old foes face dilemma over teaming up after Irish election

Fianna Fail officials read the morning newspapers as they wait outside the count centre in Dublin, Ireland on February 28, 2016Ireland’s two biggest political parties, bitter rivals for almost a century, were facing a tough choice Monday in the wake of inconclusive elections — team up, or risk months of instability. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, which between them have ruled Ireland since 1932, differ little in ideology but are instead divided by history dating back to a 1920s civil war following the Irish struggle for independence from Britain. “Fianna Fail has still got the psyche of being the natural party of government, of being this dominant party,” said Gail McElroy, political science professor at Trinity College Dublin.

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