Thought it worth posting this excellent and significant article that Elaine Byrne wrote back in January 2009. (acknowledging that Obama's talk and stated intent back then has not transpired to any meaningful degree, so perhaps ignore this aspect of the article)
The Irish Times - Tue, Jan 13, 2009 - Lessons we must learn from Obama's self-reflection
"... In an interview with this newspaper at the weekend, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that dynasty politics was practical because of an inbuilt reputation. “They know you understand the system and are accustomed to how it works. You know the life and have the contacts,” she said. In other political systems this is known as an aristocracy. An inherent-ocracy produces a political generation where safe constituencies immunise political leadership from the necessity to inspire debate because of the assumption of automatic re-election..."
She also points out another very significant aspect of our political malady in the beginning of that article:
"... My UN colleagues challenged me to ask “Why?” about everything. Not that they knew the answers, but at least they recognised that asking the question was part of the answer..."
... It strikes me that the whole country knows very well what is the core problem that is bringing this country to its knees (and worse) but yet can't do anything about it! What does that say?!