Shane Coleman: FG could win the seat but still be election losers
Published 26/03/2013 | 05:00
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.