Wednesday 28 June 2017

Pesky voters refuse to be either predictable or revolutionary

Opinion-forming set can't handle the curveball hurled at it by the little people and are using results to confirm prejudices

Family politics: The Healy-Rae brothers arrive outside Leinster House with their entourage which sparked an outburst Photo: Photocall Ireland / RollingNews.ie
Family politics: The Healy-Rae brothers arrive outside Leinster House with their entourage which sparked an outburst Photo: Photocall Ireland / RollingNews.ie

Brendan O'Neill

Like anthropologists studying some exotic tribe, Ireland's political observers have spent the past two weeks trying to work out what the hell Irish voters want.

Their frustration at the election results, and by extension at the electorate, is palpable.

"What the hell are you trying to tell us?", is the unspoken wail behind every brow-furrowed conversation in Dublin 4 right now.

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