The former Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader Bertie Ahern has said that both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael will work together for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, Ahern said that divisions of the past will no longer remain following the emergence of Sinn Fein and other parties.
The former Taoiseach said that Republic of Ireland now has three major parties and the current coalition of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael could become the norm in the years to come.
Ahern who also stated his views on the Government North of the border, told listeners that younger voters are more educated now and the old traditions of political identity are becoming a thing of the past.
The former Fianna Fail leader told the programme that what once was an unthinkable coalition a few years ago could potentially lead to a merger between the the two parties within 20 years.
Ahern said that a similar situation could occur in Northern Ireland were the traditional mandated power sharing agreement could become a thing of the past following the emergence of other parties.
He added that people want change and with change politics evolves.
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