Matt Cooper: Living in interesting times: what may lie in store for us in 2022

From an election-hungry Sinn Féin to fuel prices and the possibility of long term inflation and interest rate rises, the coming year looks likely to further test our patience and endurance

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald will call for two things regularly during 2022: a border poll and a general election. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin wants a general election before Martin and Varadkar reverse roles

Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Féin leader, will have the easiest job in Irish politics in 2022. She will also have possibly the most frustrating.

McDonald now enjoys the same position the likes of Dick Spring, Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore excelled in previously – an opposition leader who can regularly call the government to account for its multiple failings and gain popularity ...