Friday 22 September 2017

Big parties' meltdown a great opportunity for everyone else

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in January. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in January. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Paul Moran

EUROPEAN and local elections are considered something of a mid-term litmus test that has to be endured. While important, they are deemed secondary in the pecking order of a general election.

Think National League compared to the Championship. This year, however, the campaign has been a little more edgy. Since our last Millward Brown poll, just three weeks ago, each of the main parties has had their issues.

In an extraordinary three weeks, we have seen the senior Government party lose its Minister for Justice, its junior colleague being distracted by calls for the resignation of its leader, the main opposition party (based on opinion polls) have its leader questioned for four days about a murder 40 years ago, and the once mighty Fianna Fail washing its linen in a very public spat in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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