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Thursday 18 January 2018

New dawn, new day and new Twitter accounts

Jason O'Brien Twitter: @jasonpobrien

WITH Twitter going into meltdown for a time on Saturday, those looking to vent their spleen or, more commonly, to gloat, had to look elsewhere -- including the Irish Independent's live blog.

But, to paraphrase Nina Simone, it's a new dawn, it's a new day, so we'll start with something to make us feel 'good'.

"Let's hope this annihilation of [Fianna Fail] finally spells an end to politics that has been stuck in the past and the events of the Irish Civil War for far too long," Eugene Dowling wrote.

"And that Ireland and its people will rise like the Phoenix from the ashes to renew and build a nation that looks not to the past but to the future."

Enda's speechwriters might be taking note.

But there won't be time to enjoy the honeymoon.

"I am Irish and living in Canada," said K Cooney, one of many expatriates to contact the blog and express their dismay at a lack of a vote. "I am amazed and delighted with the results of the election. We need change and we need action. FG will do this."

We shall see.

It wasn't all good news for the biggest party in the country, however.

"Thanks to all who supported me over the years," outgoing TD Deirdre Clune said. "Hugely disappointed to have lost my seat."

She will have to change her @DeirdreCluneTD account on Twitter then.

The Green's Paul Gogarty has already dropped his TD account, acting shortly after it became obvious on Saturday that the electorate in Dublin Mid-West had dumped him.

But the candidate who has got the most out of Twitter in the past -- the Green's Dan Boyle -- has vowed he 's "not going anywhere".

And given his first- preference return, you'd have to agree.

However, we'll leave the last word to the winners, while pointing out that the general election was just a battle and the war has yet to be fought.

"Just remember, being elected isn't the achievement, the true achievement is what you do in office," Ryan Craven said.

We shall see.

Irish Independent Supplement

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