Backbench revolt a real fear for Cowen

As they cast their votes in Fine Gael’s cervical cancer motion last week, many government TDs were counting the electoral cost of the decision to postpone the plan.

15th November, 2008

As they cast their votes in Fine Gael’s cervical cancer motion last week, many government TDs were counting the electoral cost of the decision to postpone the plan. The six Green Party TDs were particularly subdued - their party has a large female support base and party sources fear the public backlash in next year’s local elections. While the government comfortably defeated the motion calling for a reversal of the decision to postpone the vaccination...

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