There is a time for everything, unless you’re delaying an election

At The Old Thatch pub in Killeagh, Co Cork, from left, Fianna Fail Local Election Candidate Cork East James O'Connor with Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin TD and Proprietor Brian Barry. Picture: Tony O'Connell.

Time and the exactitude of timings are often the defining elements in politics. At the start of a government, all seems possible. If a government is being re-elected, the stress of the election and of the build-up to it can lead to a slackening in its aftermath.

The fact of being re-elected to your seat and, if fortunate, of being re-ensconced in ministerial office, dulls political energy, especially the energy required for change.

The newly-elected are naive enough not to know that what is not done in the first six months or the first year will likely never be done.

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