Bruce Arnold: Failure in abortion legislation shows futility of referenda
It is two years, almost to the day, since the full blast of financial and sovereignty crisis hit Ireland with Patrick Honohan's RTE broadcast announcing the bailout on November 18, 2010.
We were in deep political crisis. Fianna Fail had realised they could not fight an election with Cowen as leader. He was discredited, the party divided.
Enda Kenny's moment had arrived. A campaign strategy of credible-enough promises and a sense of purpose impressed voters.