Friday 24 February 2017

Coalition to court voters as election day looms large

Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

Mr Howlin and his officials are now assessing the long list of priorities and negotiating with Government departments
Mr Howlin and his officials are now assessing the long list of priorities and negotiating with Government departments

The courting of the electorate in advance of the general election begins in earnest in September, with the publication of the Government's much-anticipated Capital Plan.

Senior government figures believe the plan, which will be presented as a multi-billion euro war chest, provides a crucial opportunity to get the electorate back on message.

In typical Fine Gael/Labour fashion, the parties have managed to allow further controversies to unfold in the normally quiet summer season.

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