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Sinn Féin's surge a dose of reality for those at Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil who saw ruling as a right

Ewan MacKenna


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Sinn Fein will work to form a ‘people’s government’, leader Mary Lou McDonald said (Niall Carson/PA)

Sinn Fein will work to form a ‘people’s government’, leader Mary Lou McDonald said (Niall Carson/PA)

Sinn Fein will work to form a ‘people’s government’, leader Mary Lou McDonald said (Niall Carson/PA)

Getting the first glimpses of the damage done to the political establishment on Sunday, Fine Gael General Secretary Tom Curran had a line that said so much. On RTÉ, as the left surged, he noted: “None of us saw the appetite for change”.

It should have been an extraordinary comment yet, all over, his party were pulling back the curtains so we could see the smug behind the smokescreen of their slick and sickly PR. Beneath the fur coat and all of that.

Richard Bruton chatted down to those he’s supposed to work for, complaining: “Obviously when explaining detailed policy, against a move where people are saying let’s have change, the detail of that change is challenging”.