Sunday 17 December 2017

Here are 20 things we have learned from the election, but are we any the wiser?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters

Gerard O’Regan

1 On mature reflection, Fine Gael and Labour were done for long before the election campaign got underway. So-called austerity governments had already been turfed out in other bailout countries, such as Spain, Portugal, and of course Greece. It was wishful thinking that the fortunes of the FG-Labour duo would have been any different.

2 Therefore, questions over Enda Kenny's leadership, angst about the 'keep the recovery going' slogan, or using the dreaded 'whinger' word don't amount to a great hill of beans, when analysing what happened on polling day. The coalition was a goner from the get-go.

3 However, the Fine Gael campaign was too cold and clinical with too much economic jargon. Getting Brian Hayes from the heart of Dublin 4 to be director of elections - instead of a Fine Gaeler from down in the sticks - was a classic Blueshirt-style mistake.

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