The 30th Dáil ended with a whimper and a long drawn-out groan.
It drew its last breath on the first day of February, St Brigid's Day, the first of Spring.
The fear expressed on this site at the beginning of the tenure of the Government in place was not just realised, it was surpassed outlandishly.
The Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government bowed to the Banks' demands, rewarded their corruption by bailing them out, brought in the EU and IMF so handing over the fiscal command of our nation to our new masters in the most abject manner.
We are no longer a sovereign nation.
Brian Cowen resigned as leader of Fianna Fáil under internal pressure. He named a day for the elections for 12 March 2011. But when he tried to make new Ministers in his last days of Government the Green Party were outraged and he had to move the date forward to 25 February 2011. He remains Taoiseach although Micheál Martin is the new leader of the party.
A new Finance Bill has been passed into law putting enormous burdens on the poorer and more vulnerable strands of our society - even the blind have been hammered.
The ultra-rich will remain ultra rich when they have paid what to them is a miserable pittance.
Support in the polls for both Fianna Fáil and the Green Party has shrunk significantly. The pundits as of today are forecasting a Fine Gael/Labour Party coalition with Fine Gael having the most seats.
The same pundits are forecasting that Enda Kenny will be the next Taoisech although for a while they were betting on the Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
Latest state of the parties:
Fine Gael 33%
Fianna Fáil 15%
Sinn Féin 12%
Green Party 01%