John Drennan: Time to kiss the old guard goodbye and confess damage done
Securing a cabinet reshuffle is Labour's only chance of forgiveness
If choice is the essence of any functioning democracy then Irish politics is in trouble. Last week in Meath East the voters' pick consisted of a Fianna Fail party that landed them in the zombie existence most currently experienced, a Fine Gael and Labour Coalition that promised and failed to chart a convincing escape from this half-life or a Sinn Fein/independent option that would land them in an even bigger mess.
Unsurprisingly, the response of most of the electorate was to stay at home.
Ironically, as the Captains and the Kings got the hell out of Meath, well, until 2014 at least, though Fine Gael won the election the real story was all about Labour.