Yeah, so it's been a week; but what do you expect from a civil servant, gentle reader? Do you want timely comment and analysis on the events of the great Irish democratic process as they unfold? Then this, I'm afraid, is the wrong place.
Having analysed the results thoroughly, I can come up with one bit of advice for Michael McDowell: Don't give up on politics just yet, next time out you could just go to Clare and stand for election there; they love new blood! And you might even be able to put some manners on the senior hurling team!