James Downey: 2011 had great moments -- but the rest was grim
NOT many of us will look back with pleasure on the year 2011, but it had its great moments: the smashing of Fianna Fail in the general election, the royal and presidential visits, the election of Michael D Higgins as President. Memories to savour.
Most of the rest was grim. Grim from the beginning, and worse as the year wore on.
At the beginning, as we looked forward to the collapse of the Cowen administration, I said that the general election might not bring us a good government, but it would bring us some kind of government. The Fianna Fail-Green coalition had given up any pretence of governing the country. A Fine Gael-Labour coalition might not be much better, but it could not be any worse.