Martina Devlin: Richard has his day in the sun as others get burnt
YOU mustn't call them a hard left bloc -- they're a "principled left" grouping. But don't take my word for it, the description is by Richard Boyd Barrett.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with Joe Higgins, the two newly elected TDs -- linchpins in the United Left Alliance -- were straining at the leash to challenge the incoming government's cutbacks.
Even before the coalition takes office, they cast doubt on its capacity to last full-term.