Until 1989, 52 years of the state's existence consisted of single party government with Fianna Fáil or Cumann na nGaedhael being in government alone. Since 1989 no party has ruled alone. Are coalitions a good thing? We're seemingly getting parties coming together under a mish mash of policies due to the compromises of coalition that is failing to bring a clear coherent strategy. The current government's economic policy being an example with the clash between defending income tax by Fine Gael and the protection of Croke Park Agreement/Public Sector and the core welfare rate by Labour seeing unfair and uneven taxes/cuts brought in due to the kite flying by both parties. Another example was the mish mash of FF and PDs from 1997-2011 with FF supporting higher spending and the PDs supporting lower taxation which of course eroded our taxbase which is one of the reasons we're screwed up economically today. Even FG and Labour in the 80s was a bad stalemate government which put their respective party interests above the national interest and it took a single party government led by FF to finally get a move on in cuts without bullying or threats from another party in government.
So would single party governments be better for Ireland? There is the argument that single party governments like Cumann na nGaedhael in the late 1920s and FF in the early 1940s, early 1950s and late 1970s were some of the worst governments ever but are coalitions worse with their lack of strategy, kite flying, compromises and infighting?