A new wave has swept away politics of the past
Governments can temporarily survive being out of touch - but their doom is sealed when they see themselves as untouchable. The Coalition has paid a massive price for its failure to connect with voters. With the old political landscape practically atomised, the search begins for a few shards sufficiently large to construct a mosaic of government.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are honour-bound to explore all possibilities and elevate the best interests of the country above party priorities.
The public will not put up with generals committed to fighting the last war. Nor will it tolerate a hasty return to the polls just because the people have had the temerity to ask a complacent and lethargic body politic some tough questions.