About Eóin Murray
Eóin Murray has lived and worked extensively in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He is on twitter @eoinmurray
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The heavyweight guide to Ukraine
"How surprising the familiar always is", remarks Irish novelist John Banville in The Book of Evidence. On 24 May 2007 the most exciting election seen in a generation in the Republic of Ireland pitted the incumbent coalition of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats against the "Alliance for Change" of Fine Gael and the Labour Party. In the face of punditry and polling data which indicated that change was in the air, taoiseach (prime minister) Bertie Ahern managed an astonishing political performance and led Fianna Fáil to office for a rare third successive term.