Saturday 24 March 2018

Election 2016 will define five years of raucous debate

The coming contest is shaping up to be an enthralling and enriching exhibition of democracy, writes Jody Corcoran

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

After five years of raucous debate, the country will go to the polls in a matter of weeks and the people will finally get to decide the outcome. It should be a beautiful moment.

In a generation, if not a lifetime, more people than before are plugged in to the discourse, the national obsession, informed as they are, or have become, by that debate.

The hope is that the election campaign itself will elevate what has been an often brutish five years, necessarily so, into something worthy of the occasion.

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