John Drennan: Battle over corpse of FF diverts lost tribe from march to power
Fine Gael must be careful with fruits of remarkable victory
It appeared, initially that the election result had been set in stone by the RTE opinion poll, which said the State would collapse exhaustedly into the old familiar Fine Gael-Labour coalition routine.
But nothing has been certain since this campaign began and as the electorate attempted to forge a second Republic out of the dust and ashes of the collapse of the first, an astonishing prospect began to emerge.
The nature of the electoral battle was best defined by Fine Gael's Brian Hayes who noted that Fine Gael and Labour were "feasting over the carcass of FF".