Politics this year was all about clinging to power

Escapology was the recurring theme of 2016, with everyone from Gerry Adams to Micheál Martin confounding expectations

23rd December, 2016

Every year seems to bring its own useless internet craze. This year’s was the mannequin challenge. In it, participants – who ranged from the Aston Villa FC team to Michelle Obama to one of the lesser-known Kardashians (who staged it in a hospital delivery room) – remain frozen, like a shop-window mannequin, while a moving camera films them.

This is what covering politics under the current Dáil arrangement feels like: hovering an observing...

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