James Downey: We don't need new party -- just a Dail that really works
Those were the days! The days when an exciting new party looked certain to sweep the country. The days of wildly enthusiastic mass rallies. The days in which Des O'Malley, much to his credit, looked embarrassed instead of triumphant when his supporters hoisted him on to their shoulders.
The days, most of all, when opinion polls showed huge favour for the proposition that the launch of the Progressive Democrats was a good idea.
Will we see the 1980s repeated when the Fine Gael dissidents, who call themselves the Reform Alliance, hold their "monster meeting" in the RDS on January 25?