It’s still too soon in campaign for risks
It was loud, but the level of "boxing" said it's still too early to take risks - much less go for broke as a fortnight of campaigning lies ahead.
Election 2016's first leaders' debate on TV3 was engaging for anoraks, and showed some flashes of old-style aggression. But it lacked popular zing.
Arguments rehearsed by Enda Kenny, Joan Burton, Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams were ventilated all through week one at their party launches.