Election 2016: Leaders' debate does little to change the big picture

The election campaign remains deadlocked with no apparent alternative government in sight

16th February, 2016
The seven leaders at last night's debate Pic: Courtesy of RTÉ

The morning after RTÉ's seven-way leaders' debate, nine days to polling, and the campaign apparently deadlocked with the coalition miles away from re-election and no apparent alternative government in sight.

I saw little last night that might alter that position. The smaller parties, especially the Social Democrats, will be happier than the four big parties with their performances; it was noticeable that nearly all the lines that provoked applause from the representative audience...

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