Opinion Analysis

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shane Coleman: FG could win the seat but still be election losers

FG candidate Helen McEntee and Taoiseach Enda Kenny campaigning in Ratoath.
FG candidate Helen McEntee and Taoiseach Enda Kenny campaigning in Ratoath.

TOMORROW is Fine Gael and Labour's 750th day in office, and it also brings the Coalition's first big electoral test.

Both parties – particularly, but not exclusively, Labour – have reason to be distinctly nervous about the by-election in Meath East.

By-elections are normally hopelessly unreliable indicators of the national picture. Successive governments here went 30 years without winning one before Labour – still in the afterglow of the Coalition's thumping general election victory – won in Dublin West in October 2011.

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