Saturday 20 January 2018

Elections? Give me a break...

Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos
Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos

Brendan o'Connor

Conventional wisdom has it that there's nothing the Irish love more than a general election.

And that's true up to a point. But the reality is that a general election is a bit like the Olympics or Ireland being in the European Football Championships. It is a pleasure that is best enjoyed only rarely. Yes, there are those who will take time off work, get a loan from the credit union, neglect their families and maybe even buy a giant TV to enjoy it properly - those people are generally called canvassers.

But really, by the time it's over, everyone is ready to go back to reality, and it takes about four or five years to forget the hangover and work up the courage and madness to want to do it all again.

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