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FG's Fear factor: The coalition's other problem

The main government party has come through a series of crises that have rattled TDs' nerves. Now some of them believe that it's high time the party went on the offensive

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
6th July, 2014
Enda Kenny: a series of controversies has pushed Fine Gael's ratings down from the election high of 36 per cent to a mere 25 per cent. Picture: Bloomberg

For most of the government's term in office, Fine Gael TDs could sympathise from a safe distance with their Labour colleagues, who were the ones taking the hit.

But all that has changed over the past six months, with opinion polls and then the local elections showing that a significant number of the sitting 70 Fine Gael TDs won't be coming back after the next election.

Morale in Fine Gael had been a ''bit downbeat since...

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