It's not 'all about the economy, stupid'
With the Government getting no electoral dividend from recovery, political instability is all but assured in 2016, says Dan O'Brien
What is happening in the economy? How closely linked are economic performance and support for the Government parties? And what do the answers to these questions mean for the outcome of the next general election, which is now at most seven months away?
Let's start today's post-vacation stock-take by considering the remarkable degree to which people have become more upbeat.
The monthly consumer confidence index produced by KBC bank and the ESRI has been around for almost two decades. As recently as two years ago, it was showing that consumers were as determinedly glum as they had been at any time since the mid-1990s. Sentiment was on the floor.