Christmas break a relief as Labour pays price for sins of election past
AND then, to their great relief, it was almost Christmas. In his early days heading a ramshackle minority coalition, Bertie Ahern first strove to survive to the Halloween break, then until Christmas, from January until Easter, and thence to the summer break. In part, by such small and concentrated chunks of just getting by, Mr Ahern served a full five years in his first government and went on to 11 years as Taoiseach, setting a modern political record with three consecutive general election wins.
By Wednesday lunchtime each week a sense of guarded relief descended upon the Ahern inmates of Government Buildings. The Christmas break came as a major release.
It is strange that we need to remind ourselves that this is the Government with the largest overall majority in the State's history. Surely there can be no doubt about its survival over its full five-year term?