Ave! Duci Novo, similis duci seneca or will Ireland ever break free from civil war politics?
Sound the fanfare. Bang the drum. After three years of catastrophic economic mismanagement, the Irish have had the chance to vote out the old guard and vote for change. Fine Gael and Labour have formed a shiny, new coalition. Both parties have vim, vigour and the energy to stand up to the banks and our EU/IMF masters. Thirty five TDs (MPs) including ten government ministers of the failed Fianna Fáil and Green coalition decisively voted off the island by the electorate.
Perhaps it is not quite decimation for Fianna Fáil (centre right). For the first time in their history, they are now the third party of Irish politics. Considering that other parties consist of Sinn Féin (former political wing of the IRA), the Socialist Party (more like communist really even though the party leader gives a good speech), assorted do gooder others (who wail and gnash their teeth but have no viable alternative) and the Green Party who failed to hold a single seat.