'Harney wanted PD merger with Fine Gael' - National News - Independent.ie
According to the Sindo today this was Harney's preferred choice as she doubted the long term viability of the PD's!!!
Bullet well dodged by FG. Could you imagine McDowell trying to lay down the law in FG and then walking out in a hissy fit if he didn't get his way? FG have enough problems at the moment without the rag tag leftovers of the PD's being part of it.
I also think that FG would not have achieved as many seats in the last election if this had happened as it would have added to the "they're all the same" attitude that is so common at the moment. The PD's were disgraced by their toxic relationship with FF and it would have been crazy for FG to touch them.
What do you think?
Edit: on a hypothetical point if FG and the PD's had merged in 2002/2003 FF would have needed a different coalition partner... Who could they have gone with? Would FF still have been in power had this happened?