Stunned Coalition gets rude awakening on risk of ignoring threat of Sinn Fein
If the Government hopes to stem the Sinn Fein surge before the next general election it will have to do more than make snide jibes about Gerry Adams' alleged IRA membership in the Dail.
In an attempt to shift blame for the massive collapse in their support in the weekend's elections, Fine Gael and Labour representatives donned their 'mystic meg' hats, gazed into the minds of the electorate, and took to the national airways to describe the drubbing they received as a protest vote.
Voters, according to this analysis, are ingrates. Fine Gael and Labour saved the country from catastrophe but instead of falling to their knees and venerating their saviours, voters have instead, inexplicably, opted to deliver them a paralysing kick to the groin.