David McWilliams: Ireland's financial destiny is in the hands of angry French voters - this is what we must do if the euro breaks up
This time last year, only a few of us were suggesting that Brexit was likely. The mainstream view was that it couldn't possibly happen. But it did. And so too did Trump. When this column argued in June that "we should prepare for President Trump", one or two local talk shows chuckled and sneered at the mere suggestion that such a creature could inhabit the White House. But he is there.
In December, the Italian electorate revolted against its government - again the view of 'sensible' people was that bolshie Italians would see reason. But they didn't.
Back home, this time last year, it was widely considered Fine Gael had done enough to return more muscularly to power. Instead, badly mauled, Fine Gael limped over the line, propped up by Independents.