There are many active threads accurately detailing this government's abject performance in health and housing, and a few long lasting ones around specific issues in relation to "justice" - most specifically around high profile corruption in the higher ranks of AGS and the despicable treatment of honest Gardaí who tried to uncover some of the dodgy backscratching that went/goes on.
There's less talk about law and order though, which now seems to be very much in decline and not getting the attention it deserves from the Minister for Justice who seems to be happier jumping on the populist "compensation for the laundry survivors", "blasphemy referendum" and "representation rights for alleged rape victims" bandwagons than actually dealing with the declining state of law and order in Ireland.
In the past few weeks there has been some very serious crimes committed in Ireland - crimes that 5 years ago would be the main item on the news and discussed for weeks afterwards, but are now becoming almost common place:
- The gang rape in Kildare last night
- The machete attack in Ballincollig last weekend
- The murder of Jastine Valdez a few weeks ago
- The rape and murder of Ana Kriegel a few days before that
- The murder of Cameron Reilly in Dunleer
- The murder of Vincent Kelly in Bray last weekend
- The car jacking at knife point in Phoenix Park two days ago
- The on-going Kinahan-Hutch feud
On top of that there's still a huge level of violent rural crime on an on-going basis and the level of drugs in the country is returning to Tiger economy levels.
This all comes at a time when crime statistics carry a government health warning.
Is FG's lack in interest in "little people" issues taking the finger off the "Pulse" so to speak?
Is Charlie Flanagan the most ineffective MoJ in the history of the state or is the country just spontaneously becoming a seriously dangerous place to live?