Scenes of jubilation will prove short-lived
THERE have been jubilant scenes for Fine Gael and Labour all around the country. It will be short-lived as one remembers the real reason why this snap election was called.
The banking system is not yet out of difficulty; public finances are in a pitiful state; jobs are being lost; emigration is soaring; and we are hanging on for dear life to the EU which is frowning on this country.
It should be remembered that the last time Fine Gael took power in the Garret FitzGerald era, it doubled the national debt, despite promises the party made at the time in vowing to turn things around.