Fear holds sway on the backbenches

Many government TDs are all too aware that the forthcoming property tax will put their Dáil seats in peril, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor.

1st September, 2012

When Fianna Fáil TDs and candidates turned up on the voters' doorsteps during the February 2011 general election campaign, they expected a hostile reception: the country had just been bailed out by the EU and IMF and the FF-Green coalition had fallen chaotically apart.

But they were taken aback at the sheer strength of the voters' anger at the new universal social charge. Especially in working-class areas - where Fianna Fáil saw its biggest...

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