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Brendan O'Connor


 

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Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Government Buildings at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Obviously we find ourselves in a slightly awkward position today. We've had the exit poll but we don't know the election result. Indeed, as you read this, you know more about the result than we do, which puts us at a slight disadvantage, so we're having to hedge our bets slightly and we've decided to cover all eventualities.

So we say, to whoever or whatever this new government is ­- if indeed there even is a government- in the words that Leopold Amery stole from Cromwell: IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO.

This new government, whoever it is, is hopelessly out of touch with the people. It lacks not only empathy, but sympathy, antipathy, apathy and indeed homeopathy. This government, in its short time in office, has presided over a health and housing crisis the like of which this country has never seen. The housing minister, whoever is unfortunate enough to have got that job, is out-of-touch, has no understanding of the lives of ordinary people and has an ideological aversion to doing what is needed to solve the housing crisis. The health minister, whoever that may be, sits idly by while people languish on trolleys and waiting lists.