Saturday December 14, 2019

Parties feel winds of change on campaign trail

Harsh realities hit home as political rivals jockey for position in the final days of the European elections

26th May, 2019
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Kitchen sink: Fine Gael candidate Maria Walsh takes a selfie with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Ciaran Cannon on the campaign trail in Galway Andrew Downes, Xposure

Viewers of the television debates during the European elections might have been surprised to see some candidates lavishing their opponents with praise.

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness twice praised Brendan Smith during the RTÉ Prime Time debate. “Brendan’s right,” she said. Fianna Fáil, which has nicknamed McGuinness ‘Her Royal Highness of Brexit’ due to her successful outings on Channel Four and BBC News, suspected it was more to do with keeping well ahead of her...

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