Friday 28 April 2017

Election shows the centre has firmly held and the 'revolution' is cancelled

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are now poised to reassert their dominance over a traditional political landscape

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The election result has led to overblown statements along the lines that 'all has changed, changed utterly', never to be the same again, and to further hand-wringing about the fractured nature of the electorate, when, to a large extent, neither claim has been shown to be particularly true.

If anything, the results show that Ireland actually voted in a traditional, if not quite a conservative, manner and that the electorate is not nearly as dispersed as those yearning for an end to the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael hegemony would have you believe.

What the result tells us more than anything is that the centre in politics has not only held but has comfortably held and that the breakthrough hoped for, indeed anticipated, by those who support Sinn Fein and the far Left failed to materialise in a meaningful way.

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