Labour's collapse has redrawn contours of political landscape
And so it came to pass. From a long way out the opinion polls were making it readily apparent that Labour were on to a significant hiding in Friday's local and European elections. However, even they must be shell-shocked at the extremity of the stinging rebuke that the electorate has given them.
Fine Gael will be somewhat relieved by this results. Under normal circumstances, losing a potential third of your local council seats would be filed under "a very bad day at the office". However, the attention that this would normally attract has been diluted by Labour's performance – and the very real possibility of returning four MEPs to Europe.
All in all, it's a result that the senior government party can live with.