Election 2016: Preliminary results herald fracturing of the status quo, as Coalition crumbles

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oday’s a momentous day for Ireland. The people have spoken loud and clear via their power of vote, sending a diaphanous message to Enda Kenny and Joan Burton: Your time is up.

Fine Gael has been thrown into disarray this morning, after its ‘Keep the recovery going’ slogan backfired spectacularly. Enda Kenny didn’t help matters by referring to the people of his constituency as ‘whingers’, not to mention the blatant cronyism that he sported in recent months and years.

The Taoiseach is said to be “deeply disappointed”, after preliminary results seem to rubber-stamp the Coalition’s demise. Yet, it was his own hand that wrought the deed.

Fine Gael has lost support pretty much everywhere in the country, with Fianna Fail and independents making huge gains on the back of Fine Gael’s disastrous performance.

And the Coalition’s junior partner, Labour, has suffered virtual annihilation at the polls. Joan Burton will reportedly lose her seat, along with the rest of her party’s TDs, who will now find themselves without a job come Monday morning.

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