Tuesday 24 January 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

Brendan O'Neill

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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