Thursday 27 April 2017

James Downey: Voters put aside concerns about Kenny as leader

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin gives a rose to his cousin Sheila Martin as he went on a walkabout with John O'Donoghue in Killarney at the weekend
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin gives a rose to his cousin Sheila Martin as he went on a walkabout with John O'Donoghue in Killarney at the weekend
James Downey

James Downey

ALL through last week, the feeling was in the air. It may have derived from opinion polls, from doorstep experiences, from constituency assessments or mere guesswork and personal prejudice. Wherever it came from, it was everywhere. Fine Gael was on course to win well.

Then came the 'Sunday Business Post' Red C opinion poll to confirm the intangible feeling.

A rating of 38pc for Fine Gael has changed the game. If yesterday's figure indicates a firm trend, and if that trend continues between now and polling day on February 25, the party will not just win but will have a serious chance of forming a single-party government -- though not necessarily a majority government.

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