'Shy' Fianna Fáil in an uncertain political world
There are many indicators of the big political changes this country has undergone since our financial world fell asunder in 2008. Among my current favourites is a reference to "shy Fianna Fáil".
In my lifetime, the "Soldiers of Destiny" have been called many things, a good proportion of which could not printed in a mainstream newspaper. But they were never, ever, known as "shy". In fact, they personified the very opposite in Irish political life.
Of course, the term refers to that coterie of voters who will quietly slope back to Fianna Fáil next time, but for the moment are not telling pollsters, their neighbours, friends and even their nearest and dearest.