Wednesday 20 September 2017

It felt like an earthquake, so why are voters altogether unmoved?

A year on from Election 2016, it's time to accept that the 'new politics' experiment has got us nowhere, writes Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A year ago today, readers of the Sunday Independent woke up to a headline that screamed: 'A political earthquake'.

The front-page story described how, after a "disastrous" campaign, Enda Kenny's chances of becoming the first Fine Gael leader to head consecutive governments were slim.

For Fianna Fail, the ballot had marked "a milestone in a remarkable resurgence", while for Sinn Fein "it did not live up to its expectations".

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