The failures of our ailing health service
Whether the next general election takes place this year or in 2019 - or later, it may really only be a matter of months away. That is a relatively short time to get political ducks in a row. But what will be the issues that decide the outcome? Politicians might like to think that the big-ticket items for the voters would probably be the economy, Brexit or the Eighth Amendment. Perhaps they will be.
But the electorate will not be voting with their heads. They will be voting with their hearts. And right now their hearts are broken with the state of the health service.
We might almost have taken increases in hospital queues in our stride, if the arrival of the Aussie flu had not pushed it all so far front and centre that we can no longer be blase. Not when the sick are told to stay away from hospitals and keep the children home from school, because now even the children are being put on trolleys and there is a real danger that people are going to die unnecessarily because our health service cannot cope.