Saturday 3 December 2016

The sum of FF and FG could be five years of stability

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

'Joan Burton (pictured and Alan Kelly barely survived, but many senior Labour colleagues have suffered the same fate as the Progressive Democrats and Greens in earlier coalitions'
'Joan Burton (pictured and Alan Kelly barely survived, but many senior Labour colleagues have suffered the same fate as the Progressive Democrats and Greens in earlier coalitions'

The rugby was a welcome distraction and although our boys were defeated, it was break from the main event. But coverage of the election was compelling, box office viewing. Thank God the electronic voting never caught on - there is something uniquely attractive about our paper counts. It was always going to be an exciting day of reckoning and change in Irish politics.

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After all, who can remember a period in our history more fractured or more politically polarised? The whole trauma of our country losing sovereignty to the IMF and ECB and the brutal corrections required in the public finances has triggered the mass politicisation of the population.

Those who previously paid heed to politics only at election time began to listen up. Many have turned away from established parties in disgust and joined new anti-austerity and far Left groups. Independents, too, are prospering in this drift away from traditional parties.

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