Victor Enda will need resilience
If there is a lesson to be taken from Enda Kenny's electoral triumph it is that one of the most critical virtues any politician can have is resilience. No other leader has been written off as regularly or comprehensively, but the Fine Gael leader is, if nothing else, what they call in the horse-racing industry a 'stayer'.
However, whilst Mr Kenny can take great pride in how his resilience has secured a revival in his party's fortunes that surpasses the achievements of de Valera, our not-so-new Taoiseach will need all of that resilience over the coming weeks.
It is not excessive to state that politics is now on trial within this state. On Friday an enraged electorate signed and enforced the political death warrant on Fianna Fail. But, whilst FG, and Labour to a far lesser extent, are today's cocks of the walk, the voters, having gotten a taste for blood, will put their necks on the chopping block just as speedily if they fail.