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David Quinn: Catch-all Gallagher was hit by 'Catch 22' problem

Published 28/10/2011 | 05:00

Sean Gallagher
and his wife
Trish leaving the
polling station at
St Oliver
Plunkett
National School,
Blackrock, Co
Louth,
yesterday, after
casting their
vote
Sean Gallagher and his wife Trish leaving the polling station at St Oliver Plunkett National School, Blackrock, Co Louth, yesterday, after casting their vote

ONE of the big lessons of the presidential campaign is that there is still a big vote out there for a Fianna Fail-style candidate provided he or she can shake off the Fianna Fail label.

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Whatever turns out to be the fate of Sean Gallagher, even if his vote has halved since last weekend, it shows that the electorate still likes a catch-all, middle-of-the-road, 'whatever you're having yourself' candidate in the style of Fianna Fail -- especially if the person isn't actually Fianna Fail.

That a relative unknown like Gallagher, in such a crowded presidential field, managed to hit the dizzying heights of 40pc in the polls at one point is simply astonishing.

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