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Old boys’ summer dip reveals political life is grown stagnant

Shane Ross


Has it never occurred to the old established parties that the public is simply sick and tired of the same old faces?

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Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar last week

Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar last week

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar

Pearse Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald, Chris Andrews and Kathleen Funchion of Sinn Féin

Pearse Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald, Chris Andrews and Kathleen Funchion of Sinn Féin

Enda Kenny leaves office for last time. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Enda Kenny leaves office for last time. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar last week

‘The permanent government’ is a phrase normally used to take a pop at democracy. We use it when we want to indicate that politicians are mortal, temporary. Here today but thankfully gone tomorrow.

Their masters, the mandarins, will always be with us. All they need to do is wait for the fickle electorate to remove a tiresome minister. Power will return to its natural resting place after a short wait.


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