All still possible in race to top - or bottom - as bell rings for 2016
Even Labour can dream of electoral success next year, as voters don't really fancy any party
As we enter the championship laps of the 5,000-metre dash from Election 2011 to the proposed 2016 finish, the strangest thing about the political scene is that hope still exists for all of our political parties.
This is surprising, for back in 2011 the smart money was on the immolation of Fianna Fail.
The self-same punters then swiftly took out a side-bet on Labour experiencing a similar fate, when they started to look even sicklier than the Greens during the Biffo era.