The Irish Mail on Sunday

Fine Gael and Labour have just been given a glimpse of their future – and it looks terrifying


ing the means and will hope it will distance them from continuing associatio­n with terrorist atrocities.

If numbers count, then the biggest winners on Judgment Day were the independen­ts.

More cautious voters see them as a barmy army where anger is a substitute for policy. Yet independen­ts see themselves as Arnold Schwarzene­ggers with a duty to hold an untrustwor­thy government to account.

And a despairing and frustrated public votes for independen­ts because they don’t trust the political establishm­ent. It is still too soon to quote Yeats and declare that all things have changed and changed utterly in these elections two years shy of the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

But there will be consequenc­es and there will be blood.

The parties in coalition, and particular­ly their leaders, have had a glimpse of the future – and it is terrifying.

Voters’ perception of Labour’s preelectio­n lies and its’ ministers’ slavish defence of ministers Alan Shatter, James Reilly and Phil Hogan, their Fine Gael colleagues, did for them.

Eamon Gilmore’s leadership is under threat as the bewildered party takes stock

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