What the country needs now is common decency and fair play
The recent General Election was a vote for decency, and a vote for change. The people saw the direction the country was taking and said "enough". Enough of inequality, enough of exclusion, enough of marginalisation.
Many people looked at the country and were deeply uneasy about the 30pc who were doing nicely while 70pc were finding life a struggle. What disturbed the people even more was that the outgoing Government seemed to have little realisation of this. What recovery could be kept going when 70pc of the people were not feeling it? It is accepted that any recovery was going to be slow and fragile, but even the promise did not resonate with a great many people.
In short, the outgoing Government failed the huge test of empathy. It's a vital quality, empathy, feeling the pulse of the nation. Former Taoiseach Jack Lynch possessed it in spades.