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After weeks of being talked at, the people have their say

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'A restive electorate may hunger for change, but not at any cost as the crash reminds us daily' (stock photo)

'A restive electorate may hunger for change, but not at any cost as the crash reminds us daily' (stock photo)

'A restive electorate may hunger for change, but not at any cost as the crash reminds us daily' (stock photo)

After weeks of being talked at, today the people have their say. The voice of a nation is powerful, much will depend on whether its tone is one of anger or enlightened self-interest.

We are on course to leave the old comfort zone of the two-and-a-half party system.

Sinn Féin will rock the old order if predictions are correct. All parties face questions as to how creditworthy they are when it comes to cashing in on extravagant promises.