Bertie bounce puts opposition parties in a spin

It may be an old cliche, but never has a week been such a long time in politics. This time a fortnight ago, the opposition was contemplating a government on the brink.

21st October, 2006

By this time last week, two opinion polls had turned their world upside down. Whether the empathy displayed by the public towards the Taoiseach last week will translate into sustained levels of support for Fianna Fail remains to be seen. But there is a widely-shared view that, even if the opposition gains back some of the ground lost, nothing will be the same again. If the opposition had momentum, it is gone - and it...

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