In the line of fire

Today’s Red C poll reveals that Fine Gael could still make it as the lone party in government, but Fianna Fáil and Labour will be training their sights on its perceived weakness in the next two weeks: Enda Kenny

12th February, 2011
In the line of fire
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Halfway through the general election campaign and the central question of this race is now clear: will Fine Gael win enough seats to form a government without the Labour Party?

Such a prospect is, for the perennial runners-up of Irish politics, an intoxicating prospect. For the electorate, it offers a choice that they have never had before: a conventional conservative, right-of-centre party, committed to shrinking government and to low taxes, ruling on its own.

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