A Dáil in decline, protests dictating policy - and a government doomed to instability
Liz O'DonnellIn the old days, most politicians wanted to be in government. For Fianna Fáil, government was the norm. Fine Gael, always in second place ahead of Labour, fluctuated in popularity depending on its leader. Labour held up the rear, distinguishing itself by vigorous opposition to successive Fianna Fáil administrations, particularly in the Spring era.