Monday 27 February 2017

Paul Moran: Poll points to a restless people

We want a government but remain unsure of who should govern, writes Paul Moran

Paul Moran

ANOTHER ELECTION? Joan Burton pictured being elected at the Election 2016 Count centre in Phibblestown Dublin 15. Photo: Collins
ANOTHER ELECTION? Joan Burton pictured being elected at the Election 2016 Count centre in Phibblestown Dublin 15. Photo: Collins

What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday, the nation was surprised, and surprised by itself, by the way we conducted ourselves at the Easter 1916 commemorations. The event was arguably the most dignified, solemn and yet refreshing observation of any milestone that we have seen in living memory.

Now, we are back to normality. The week just gone has shunted back this sense of adulthood as we revert to the routine of Irish politics. We have had to endure the unedifying sight of the two largest parties having a spat before they even sit down to talk to each other about who rang whom, and who sent a text to whom. We really have come a long way.

So what does the population think about all of this? This latest Millward Brown Poll, conducted over 10 days up to and including Friday, sought to understand where we should go from here.

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