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Darragh McManus on radio: A dose of sanity as this gripping drama unfolds

 

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Plans: Sinn Féin made gains under Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plans: Sinn Féin made gains under Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Plans: Sinn Féin made gains under Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

My God, that was dramatic, wasn't it? Every time an election comes along, the rest of us are given a glimpse into just what it is that attracts politics junkies to the game.

It's absolutely gripping, as if someone has blended together the keenest, most exciting elements of sport and movies - with the added bite of knowing that, unlike those two, this is stuff that profoundly matters to everyone's life.

It was also a reminder, not that one was needed, of how excellent Irish radio often is, particularly in covering current affairs. We like to criticise, find fault and slag off - indeed, for this job, it's part of the brief - but when it comes to elections and referendums, our radio surely stands in comparison with the best in the world.