Why messers on the Left should be Green with envy
The Left has learned a lesson from the fate of the Green Party, but it's entirely the wrong one
Bruised by rejection, it may seem to many in Fine Gael like adding insult to injury that the first onus for cobbling together a coalition should fall to them, when the party was only marginally ahead of Fianna Fail, both in seats and the popular vote. But that is how governments are formed in a parliamentary democracy.
Serious politicians shoulder the responsibility and get on with it without, to borrow a contentious word, whinging.
That is also why one of the figures to emerge from this election with most credit was Eamon Ryan of the Greens.