A barren landscape
'The country is, I think, like an aeroplane at the take-off stage. It has become airborne; that is the stage of maximum risk and any failure of power could lead to a crash. It will be a long time before we can throttle back to level flight." These words were uttered by Sean Lemass in 1961.
Yet they seem dolefully apposite viewed from the wreckage of the boom and a barren political landscape.
The party that inherited the legacy of the best Taoiseach this country has ever known looks hopelessly uncomfortable in the long shadow he has cast.