Wednesday 28 June 2017

Politics of fear bombs on doorsteps as voters back independent champions

Social Democrat co-leader Róisín Shortall talking to John Patrick Whelan on Grafton Street. Photo: Fergal Philip
Social Democrat co-leader Róisín Shortall talking to John Patrick Whelan on Grafton Street. Photo: Fergal Philip
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

With just three days of campaigning left before the country goes to the polls, support for Fine Gael and Labour is stagnating while support for Independents surges.

It wasn't supposed to be like this. The coalition partners had a well-rehearsed clarion call entering this election - voters could opt to 'keep the recovery going' and choose between 'stability or chaos'.

Three weeks later and, if the opinion polls are to be believed, that doomsday message has had no discernible impact on voter preferences. If anything, it has backfired with much of the electorate apparently determined to eschew stability in favour of the supposed chaos of small parties and Independent candidates.

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