Shane Coleman: The eight critical lessons to learn from referendum wipe-outs

Recrimination, back-biting and sniping needs to be set aside if any sense is to be made from public’s repudiation of proposed changes to the constitution

Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers who admitted to voting No on the carer’s referendum. Picture: Fianna Fail/X

Last weekend’s twin referendum wipe-outs gave a serious bloody nose to the government, but also the main opposition parties who advocated a ‘yes-yes’ vote.

The electorate, never particularly engaged in the first place, have quickly moved on. But it’s clear from the sniping and backbiting – both in public and private – that politicians haven’t. There’s plenty of “reflection” currently ongoing, particularly in the big three parties of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. ...