Cornerstone of 'stability' is shaky in a highly fluid and unpredictable election
Politicians have been inexplicably blindsided by the enormity and the emotion of the public reaction to the Regency Rampage and the reprisal assassination in Dublin.
While they were planning well-rehearsed choreographed launches, a pall of unprecedented fear, shock and disbelief descended; especially in Dublin, with genuine concern about a further escalation in the bloodshed.
Public confidence in our security services to tackle organised gangland crime has never been lower. Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's lame excuses for lack of "specific" intelligence information didn't wash. Her belated response was inept and inadequate.