End of Civil War politics would give us a real choice between Left and Right
Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30
Descriptions of last week's General Election as an earthquake are overblown, but if it results in a realignment of Irish politics along ideological lines, the next one could be seismic.
Since the foundation of the State, ideology has been notably absent from Irish politics, with party loyalty instead determined by Civil War legacies that were inculcated at birth and remained steadfast throughout adulthood.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael supporters were sworn enemies, not because of any discernible difference in their policy platforms, but because members of their families had once supported either Dev or Michael Collins.