“For all his divisiveness, he electrified Irish politics.”

Harry Magee on the resignation of Michael McDowell… Bertie’s just said, “…it’s a tough night for all politicians… regardless of whether they are for Fianna Fail or any other party…” He says they have been out canvassing since September… It was the Debate that won it… ‘we you get the opportunity to spend half an hour to explain it (the Irish economy)… Name check Thomas Byrne… Lots of reference to the internet… big pitch for the youth… And on the Tanaiste, “I’m sorry for Michael that his party’s campaign was not better…”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty