Fine Gael now has Labour under its thumb

Labour has been trying to hide its poor showing in Kildare North but, in his heart of hearts, Enda Kenny probably doesn't believe he will be taoiseach after the next election.

19th March, 2005

When he became leader of Fine Gael he had one (enormous) task: to rescue his party fromthemire. Inpursuitof that goal hehas assembled atightteam and focused on a number of populist, right-of-centre issues,which have been pursued coherently and consistently. Much of the chatter following last week's by-election victory is just that, chatter.EvenMichaelNoonanwon a byelection for a Fine Gael seat.But the narrative of a steady Fine Gael recovery has been sustained, buoying its support base....

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