Tony Blair’s tenure as British prime minister ends this Wednesday, his political career tainted by bitterness over Iraq.
With EU member states Poland and the Czech Republic caught in the middle of renewed conflict between Russia and the US, their role may have a significant bearing on how this particular drama unfolds.
Fine Gael and Labour are both failing to grasp the reality of the complex, post-election mood and are harming themselves by proposing an unrealistic, bizarre coalition.
Old fashioned policy politics has died and been replaced by slick image management.
By the standards of western democracy, the election in the North must be one of the most bizarre ever to have taken place.
With election fever rising, it was only to be expected that the debate about the costs of the tribunals would have had an outing last week.
Ahead of the general election, RTE’s The Week In Politics programme has hired American political analyst Frank Luntz to conduct a series of focus groups.
Is the general election already becoming something of a non-event?