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On the doorsteps: The ‘bogeyman’ is coming for your vote

More welcomes for Barry Cowen than 2011, but still much scepticism

14th February, 2016
Fianna Fáil's PJ Lynam and Barry Cowen meet Austin Walsh (left), while canvassing in Durrow, Co OffalyJames Flynn

Barry Cowen has just been offered a Faustian pact in the kitchen of an Offaly farmhouse. The owner of the house has told the Fianna Fáil environment spokesman that he’s an avowed Fine Gael supporter – but there’s a kicker.

“If I thought you’d join with Fine Gael, I’d give you the first preference,” he says.

In a difficult position, Cowen kicks for...

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