Election Pledge Fulfilment Under Minority Government
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This chapter explores the pledges made by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at the 2016 election, measures how far these were implemented and also aims to explain why some were fulfilled and other were not. Fine Gael did fulfil more pledges, but Fianna Fáil also realised some key commitments, including some not promised by Fine Gael. Overall, the degree of pledge enactment in this minority government was similar to that by parties in a coalition in previous years, but Fine Gael did make a lot of promises which were discarded as it entered government, suggesting they may never have been serious priorities to begin with.