Taoiseach will hope for return of calm on capital's streets
Armed gangsters going about murdering one another in central Dublin is definitely inimical to Enda Kenny's chances of returning to Government Buildings.
How do we know there's an election on? Well, we have a promptly-promised €5m spend on "saturation policing", with regular and visible police checkpoints and a 55-strong armed garda unit based in the capital. Now more than ever, the would-be party of law and order must live up to its reputation and get a handle on gangster crime.
We often say politics is a brutal business - but when we say it we do not often take stock of just how brutal a business it all is. All human life is precious.