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Fine Gael fails again and it only has itself to blame

Disastrous campaigns raise major doubts over Taoiseach Enda Kenny's leadership, writes Daniel McConnell

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

ON Friday night, across the road from Dublin Castle, as we waited for the first count of the presidential race, over a pint someone said to me that only in Ireland could a terrorist consider running for the Aras.

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But only in Ireland could a group of rich lawyers, including a man in whose apartment a murderer was found; a disgraced banking chairman; someone whose appointment brought about the collapse of a government; and a fat-cat boss of Goldman Sachs, interfere to try to defeat a referendum and greatly embarrass a Taoiseach and his government, I said in retort.

That intervention from eight former attorneys generals from all political backgrounds came in the form of an explosive 86-word letter, strongly opposed to giving politicians more power to investigate matters and individuals.

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