TWO LARGE POSTERS from the formerly dominant political party in Ireland hang on lamp posts within 40 yards of my home. That party has suffered its biggest defeat in Irish history. Two larger signs sit prominently along the national road leading to my home. They portray two Fine Gael politicians (but not the ones in the opening key frames of my video). One of them was elected with the support of prominent social media advertisements, leaving behind a question in my mind about the origin of the donations that Fine Gael commanded in this election. In past years, you could follow property developers and the horsey crowd into party tents where handshakes accompanied brown envelopes. Today, although many believe a new dawn has crested over Ireland, some very big questions loom over the incoming coalition government. Many of the questions arise from the back of the bank bailout that has saddled every working citizen of Ireland with nearly a half million euro of obligation. Other questions arise because both the defeated party and the victorious one are right-wing. As a casual observer of Irish politics, I cannot imagine how much will change. However, I can imagine some big shake-ups in the way the civil service does business.
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