Election 2016: Change but not as we know it

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

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

The 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...

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