So much has changed in such a short space of time - and it's all to play for
A dire Fine Gael campaign and a surprise performance by Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin has left this election difficult to call, writes Shane Coleman
Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30
Perhaps we should all heed the advice of legendary baseball sage, Casey Stengel, who famously cautioned: "Never make predictions, especially about the future."
Calling the outcome of this General Election is almost impossible. The PR-STV electoral system makes it tricky at the best of times. But throw in a hugely fragmented electorate, and an election campaign that hasn't gone the way anybody believed it would, and General Election 2016 is in a different league altogether.
You'd probably have a better chance discovering the secrets of black holes than predicting the final seats in the likes of Dublin Bay North and Sligo-Leitrim.