Feck.

As counting wraps up on Monday, confusion reigns after Ireland’s general election failed to produce a clear winner. 

The Irish Times comments:

The obvious solution, at a time of partial economic recovery and worrying international developments, is the establishment of a government composed of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. That would provide the key requirement of stability and a prospect of economic continuity.

It would also bring political risks. Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny ruled out the proposition of a grand alliance during the election campaign and elements within both parties would probably resist it on cultural and historic grounds.

And if all that wasn’t bad enough,

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Fifa looks for a fresh start

Fifa is attempting to emerge from under the dusty cloak of the Sepp Blatter era with the election of a new President.

 

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BBC shaken by Savile inquiry report

Dame Janet Smith’s report into the BBC and the Jimmy Savile affair was published on Thursday. It makes difficult reading.

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Finally… ah well.

‘Trump train’ keeps rolling

Donald Trump completed a trifecta of early state victories last night, winning the Nevada GOP caucuses by a large margin. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz again fought it out for second place.

Interesting demographic data indicated that Trump won among Latinos and performed well with women voters.

and…

So now it’s on to the SEC Super Tuesday – including Texas – on March 1st and then key contests in Florida and Ohio on March 15th.

By then, it might be all over.

Syrian ‘truce’ could begin Friday

US and Russian negotiators announced a cessation of hostilities between “some” of the groups fighting in Syria which would come into effect on Friday. Al Jazeera reports that the agreement “calls on all sides to sign up to the agreement by midday on February 26 and to stop fighting by midnight,” But (and there’s always a but..)

Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor James Bays, reporting from New York, said some critics believed the timing of the deal would allow different sides in the conflict to push for more territory in the lead-up to the truce on Friday.

“Given everything that is happening in Syria, there is not a great deal of optimism about the proposed cessation of hostilities, particularly as many observers fear there will be an increase in the violence – with the warring sides trying to make gains in the days before it is due to start,” he said.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called a parliamentary election for April 13, according to an official statement.

 

 

Pound slides as EU uncertainty grips Britain

David Cameron will address MPs this afternoon on the negotiated changes to Britain’s terms of membership of the EU. As the sides continue to form up ahead of the in/out referendum planned for June 23, there is increasing speculation over Cameron’s own position as leader of his party – and Prime Minister – should the referendum vote go against him.

Meanwhile, the Pound is having its worst day since 2009.

 

Big wins for Trump, Clinton; Bush drops out

So picking a fight with the Pope didn’t seem to hurt.

Donald Trump claimed victory in the Republican primary in South Carolina, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in a tight race for second place. A disappointing showing by Jeb Bush, meanwhile, led him to “suspend” his campaign, in what is – for now – the end of a political dynasty.

 

In Saturday’s Democratic caucuses in Nevada, Hillary Clinton bounced back from a heavy defeat to her only rival Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, with a comfortable win.