Fine Gael could lose votes from angry farming community

The party’s traditional strong appeal for farmers may be weakened by a growing sense that the party has become Dublin-centric

19th January, 2020
Fine Gael could lose votes from angry farming community
Approximately four out of every ten farmers who voted Fine Gael in the last election said they would not do so in the upcoming election. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

With prices starting at €300 a night, visitors to the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin last week may have wondered if the display of tractors out front and the carousel of speeches from protesting farmers and prostrating politicians were all part of the gold-plated authentic visitor experience.

Alas, they were not. They were in fact the clearest indication yet to bemused tourists that an Irish general election was underway.

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