Ireland may seem immune but Trump's victory and Brexit vote could help turn more hearts into stones
Super moons, tsunamis, earthquakes, the warmest year ever on the planet, the election of a white nationalist as president of the United States - what's next? One longs for the passing of this year. The world seems in turmoil. What Donald Trump campaigned on is a week later diluted but not denied. A fence instead of the promised "wall". Only the worst of the criminals who are undocumented to be deported instead of the threatened 11 million. Words have lost all meaning.
Mr Trump could fall between two stools. On the one hand, those who bought into and were captivated by his bizarre pronouncements may feel they have been sold a pup.
Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton and witnessed her being trashed and libelled are left bereft, cheated of victory and in fear of what the new order will bring.