It is not a time to gloat at all. It is important to remember that those candidates who have lost their seats as TDs have lost their jobs.
It is also important to remember that some of them have jobs to go back to. And that they all will now receive fairly decent pensions – which they probably feel they deserve following their activist roles in recent seismic referenda here in Ireland.
Honourable mentions go to Kate O’Connell (“We won. We’ll get our way … Ye can talk for as long as ye like … Ye lost. It must be hurting.”), Lisa Chambers (“abortion regret is a makey-uppy thing”), Regina Doherty (a swing vote), Joan Burton, Paul Murphy, Katherine Zappone (Minister for Children who voted against children’s rights for the youngest children), Catherine Noone (chaired the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment, and publicly made fun of an aging priest at a Mass she attended), Noel Rock and Shane Ross.
There are many more that ought to have felt the backlash but didn’t which is a bad reflection on pro-life voters. The reality is that parties will feel that there is a very small pro-life vote out there and they have more to worry about economic promises than anything else.