Monday 5 December 2016

Next time, we go in for the kill

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

Lt Adam Doyle from the 27th Battalion in Dundalk helps to put the boxes containing the European election papers for Co Meath into an army vehicle at the count centre in Navan for transport to the European count centre in Castlebar. Picture: Tom Burke
Lt Adam Doyle from the 27th Battalion in Dundalk helps to put the boxes containing the European election papers for Co Meath into an army vehicle at the count centre in Navan for transport to the European count centre in Castlebar. Picture: Tom Burke

PEOPLE were predicting Independents' Day, but it seems what we actually got was Punishment Day. Both Government parties got a severe punishment beating courtesy of Sinn Fein and independents. And while Fianna Fail continues to defy those who thought it was going to wiped from the face of the earth, people still feel it needs some bit of a kicking for its time in government.

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Working individually but as a whole, we administered a wake-up call – and we will probably get the result we deserve from it.

That result will not be the chaos that the political classes like to predict when they characterise us as a nihilistic electorate lashing out in all directions and rejecting mainstream politics. In fact, what these elections are likely to do is to give us a stable Government for the next two years and a better deal from that Government.

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