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Decency and moderation will see Ireland through the turbulent times lying ahead

Dan O'Brien


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Climate Change protesters gather outside Government Buildings, Dublin as Budget 2020 is delivered to the Dail. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Climate Change protesters gather outside Government Buildings, Dublin as Budget 2020 is delivered to the Dail. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Climate Change protesters gather outside Government Buildings, Dublin as Budget 2020 is delivered to the Dail. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Over seven years writing in these pages, so much has changed – for Ireland and the world.

Among the most striking changes has been the rise of anger in politics and among voters. This has been driven by a growing desire for things to be done differently – an almost universal demand of big chunks of electorates in western countries and beyond.

It was much in evidence in last February’s general election and it transformed Irish politics – now that the Civil War parties which dominated for almost a century are in coalition, things can probably never go back to the duopolistic way they used to be.


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