And so begins the desperate scramble for european seats

With so many in the grey zone between likely election and single-digit despair, the campaign looks highly unpredictable, writes Pat Leahy.

4th May, 2014
Micheál Martin (second left) with Fianna Fáil candidates Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher, Mary Fitzpatrick, Kieran Hartley and Thomas Byrne at the launch of the party's European campaign in Dublin. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The first Red C poll of the local and European election campaigns demonstrates just how much of a dogfight these next weeks are going to be.

With three party leaders, Micheal Martin, Gerry Adams and Eamon Gilmore, all under pressure and depending to greater or lesser degrees on the results of the election, their party machines will be pushed into overdrive in the coming weeks in a desperate scrap for votes.

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