Election 2016: Change but not as we know it

The key to this election has been the “grumpy middle”

28th February, 2016
Enda and Fionnuala Kenny cast their votes at the polling station in St Anthony’s School, Castlebar Pic: Barry Cronin

T he Fine Gael strategist crouched over his cup of coffee. It was halfway through the election campaign, and his party’s message was faltering. The first week had been a disaster. The second week wasn’t shaping up to be any better. The polls were going in reverse.

But the leadership of Fine Gael’s campaign wasn’t rattled; it had faith in its strategy, faith in its message. This faith was based in...

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