Independent streak a boon for outsiders
Non-party candidates believe they can make a breakthrough this time by focusing on key issues, writes Liam Collins
As independent candidates battle to influence the formation of the next Dail, Jimmy Guerin has claimed that "the integrity of the election has been brought into question" by what he describes as "the lies" being told by Sinn Fein, New Vision and the United Left Alliance.
"Its very easy for them to talk about 'burning the bondholders' but it's a very simplistic and populist position to take," said the independent candidate in Dublin North- East.
"They are exploiting the fears of the electorate. But who is going to pay social welfare, who is going to pay pensions, who is going to pay the salaries of public servants if this happens?"