Pat Rabbitte: Establishment parties still in the game
Some are saying the rise of the left heralds great political change. They may well be surprised on polling day
The general election of 2011 was without precedent. It was a contest between two opposition parties. It was taken as a given that the two parties that comprised the outgoing government were not at the races. As a result, Fine Gael and Labour found themselves in unfamiliar territory, the one striving for an overall majority the other struggling to stop it happening. For the party that had virtually established a hegemony over Irish politics, the outcome was almost comparable to the fate of the old Irish Parliamentary Party in 1918.
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