In the end, there was a certain depressing symmetry to it all. The political establishment elected a taoiseach in the same manner as it has conducted its affairs for the past 72 days – blinded by politics, pockmarked by naked self-interest, giddy with the whiff of power. In truth, it was all very unseemly. Ireland deserved better.
The election of the taoiseach – any taoiseach – is supposed to be a proud day for both the...
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