FF supporters only remaining crutch appears to be the "sure they're all the same" and "can you imagine FG and Lab working together" replies to any criticism about FF. This always strikes me as extremely stupid given the huge contribution the Rainbow Coalition made to our economy, from very an extremely low baseline, up to 1997.
It's as if people have completely forgotten this piece of very recent history - maybe because R.T.FF have never really covered it since Bertie bought his way to Government with promises of spending tax payers money. In 1997 FF basically saw an opportunity to squander the resuts of the economic growth created by the Rainbow Government, and have just kept on squandering it beyond all reason to now leave us with a €50bn overdraft.
The Rainbow Gov worked because it had to balance two different ideologies, so any agreed policy had to satify more stringent requirements - FF's coalitions have been laughable - the PDs had never really left the fold, and maybe that was the plan all along - to give the appearance of balance, and the Greens - well, they were just power hungry and wanted the trappings, so really FF has been unfettered for 14 years.
Now that we're nearly at a point where FF can be consigned to the dustbin - hopefully for ever - can people just do a bit of homework on the last FG/Lab government and hopefully satify themselves they have the pedigree - if for no other reason than to get FF apologists to shut up!!!