Tuesday 6 December 2016

Feel-good factor can never be discounted but Labour and FG failed to generate it

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell (right) celebrates winning a seat in Dublin Bay South with her sister Theresa Newman, outside the RDS count centre. Pic: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell (right) celebrates winning a seat in Dublin Bay South with her sister Theresa Newman, outside the RDS count centre. Pic: Damien Eagers

Everything has been overturned - and what an uplifting vision it is. In capsizing the ship of State, the electorate has demonstrated its power - and regardless of parties floundering and politicians sinking, democracy in action remains a sight worth seeing.

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Democracy at the sharp edge is red in tooth and claw, of course. It chooses some candidates and tosses aside others. It can be fickle, with previous support offering no guarantees into the future. It respects neither rank nor length of service - government ministers topple as easily as newcomers.

In short, it is the closest thing to perfection in this imperfect little country of ours.

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