Saturday 20 October 2018

When we vote, who'll guard the guardians?

Now that the dust has settled, leaving reputations tattered, there's a glaring question we should ask, writes Gene Kerrigan

There'll probably be an election next year. Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are itching for a fight. No political difference - they're like opposing football fans who just can't stand each other.

They've recently been locked in an embrace, helping each other through a difficult time. Now they need an electoral scuffle to regain their allegedly separate identity.

So, next spring or autumn, or maybe in 2019, they'll stage an election. And at 10pm on the appointed night the polling stations will close. On TV and radio, over-excited pundits will speculate about how the estimated turnout might affect the result.

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