Mary McAleese is the living, breathing personification of the colour pale pink – easy on the eye, unthreatening and acceptable to the fashion police. By Justine McCarthy
Musical Seats in Dublin
While the constituency revision affords the best politician of the last Dáil, Joe Higgins, a chance to return in Dublin West next time (it has got an extra seat), another of the Dáil's best TDs, Ciaran Cuffe, is facing a challenge in Dun Laoghaire, which has lost a seat. Either he goes or Barry Andrews of Fianna Fail goes.
Michael McDowell was largely but not entirely to blame for the Progressive Democrats' election debacle. Others contributed handsomely to the defeat and now there seems little point to the party's continuance By Adam Maguire
Green Party TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
The Labour Party has never defined a distinctive position, it has floundered ideologically and failed electorally. By Niamh Puirséil
Both Fianna Fáil and the Greens promised a reduction in the overall number of ministers. Instead, the number of junior ministers has been increased yet again, now seven more than Fianna Fáil promised. By Joe O'Malley
The new Labour leader has abandoned the radicalism of his leadership bid of five years ago. He is following the same course as his predecesors and seems fated to fail as they did