Leo has a soft landing but is Mary Lou a game-changer?
Voters have become more bored than wary of FF, and are confused about what the party stands for, writes Jody Corcoran
On the North Strand, in Dublin's north inner city last Friday morning, a woman gets on the bus. She is, maybe, 50. She stands beside a friend already on board. By the by, she says she does "not know herself these days". Why, her friend wonders. Her husband has found work, she says, erecting scaffolding on Pearse Street.
Another scenario: in Woodies, Coolock, last week, in the space of half an hour, four people buy flashy looking barbecues, at several hundred euro each. And another: at a travel agent's in Dundrum, an employee says people are back taking one, maybe two, sometimes three holidays a year, including weekend breaks abroad.
This then is the whispered background to the political landscape, neatly encapsulated in feel-good headlines: "Irish households are now officially wealthier than during the boom."