Scratchy exchanges on crime and the phantasmagorical fiscal space. A shouty debate. Poll after poll suggesting a hung Dáil. And a blizzard of election promises straight from the old politics playbook that would not have been out of place in one of the Celtic Tiger elections.
Even as the global financial markets wobble and investors ran for cover last week, the parties sailed merrily along.
All of them, in the small print, admit...
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