Tolerance has its limits so let's cut out the posturing and form a government
The hard-won Parliament that ultimately emerged from the flames of the GPO presents a sorry spectacle these days. The lip service that has been paid to the idealism of 1916 is being drowned by the sound of the slurping noises from the snouts buried in the trough of patronage.
It's quite clear to anyone looking at the results of the election from a historical perspective that the people have delivered a massive vote of no confidence in the way our democracy is run.
The huge number of Independents, the devastation of Labour and the decline of Fine Gael indicate a dangerous outburst of that old condition of colonial times: "If there is a government, I'm agin' it."