Seeing that Ireland is on the long slippery slope to penury and despair can we still have the audacity to hope? I think there's a wonderful consensus emerging that we all want an election. Let every party lay their manifesto on the table and let the people decide what's best. This is what has to happen to give Ireland the audacity to hope! All the bluster and crap has to end! Just saying what everybody is feeling. All party consensus is an affront to democracy and to the people of Ireland!