Elections: where next? As the dust settles, three trends emerge

Fine Gael is reminded of its vulnerability, Fianna Fáil has a fresh lease of life, and independents have hugely increased their appeal, writes Pat Leahy.

1st June, 2014
Back in the game: Micheál Martin has led his party back from the disaster of 2011.

Very few elections, in their immediate aftermath, are interpreted as not meaning very much at all. With all the energy expended in fighting, reporting and analysing them, elections (especially mid-term ones) are very often over-interpreted.

Even so, it is clear that last weekend’s election counts revealed that changes have taken place in Irish politics which are fundamentally reordering our politics. In time, that will change the way our government and our country works. Some of...

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