Matt Cooper: Complacency and smugness sank Fine Gael

Matt Cooper: Complacency and smugness sank Fine Gael
Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan: it is hard to see how Kenny will remain as Fine Gael party leader Picture: Barry Cronin

The blame for Fine Gael’s lacklustre showing lies squarely on the shoulders of the outgoing Taoiseach – and he will be outgoing

The 2016 general election campaign was dull – if not entirely uninteresting – but watching a fuse being lit is rarely exciting if you don’t know what sort of explosive is about to be set off. What became clear, after the release of the exit polls and Saturday’s tallies and first counts, was that the fuse was being lit on a catherine wheel; and that a colourful political rocket was then ignited with dramatic effect, shooting fireworks in all directions.

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