By-elections reveal FF weaknesses

It became quite clear early on that the Fianna Fáilers of Kildare North - former bailiwick of Charlie McCreevy - weren't just unenthusiastic about the by-election campaign but, in some cases,were actually keen to sabotage it.

19th March, 2005

A minister who arrived in the constituency to help with the canvassing discovered this fact fairly quickly.The local organisation, he said, used a number of tactics to handicap party efforts, including the practice of marking off certain areas as having been canvassed on a number of occasions, when no party member had even knocked on a single door there. “I arrived in one place that I was told had been canvassed twice already,” said the...

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