Why the coming election is such a vital one for future of Fianna Fáil
Soon it will be "show-time" as PJ Mara might have said, as the curtain is raised on the election in coming days. This week, the only show in town was the Banking Inquiry. In the aftermath of a crash, there is always a period of shock, followed by an examination of what might have been done to avoid it. Things are always so much clearer in hindsight. Looking in the rear-view mirror of time, it is easy to say how we could have done things differently.
Thankfully, today the economy is in a better place. The Government has done some things right. There are positives on employment and growth.
A lot of the work done can be traced back to Fianna Fáil's 2010 recovery plan covering the period 2011-2014. Employment is better - it is still not where it was in 2007, but it is improving. It is good to see more people returning to work, but I would like to see real jobs as opposed to short-term contracts.