Election 2016: Pat Leahy’s election diary

The election campaign that we never got, schadenfreude at the demise of Labour, and TDs with holes in their bank accounts

21st February, 2016
RENUA Ireland party leader Lucinda Creighton with candidates†talking to the media outside the†Ex-Anglo Irish Bank Head Quarters at St. Stephens Green in Dublin Pic: RollingNews.ie

It has largely been a campaign devoid of spark, thrust and genuine argument.

It is hard to think of one truly innovative policy idea that has been credibly and confidently proposed. The initial exchanges on the fiscal space were at least based on the premise that the campaign should be about competing plans and visions of the country for the next five years. But that soon fizzled out – perhaps because so many people, in...

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