Nessa Childers will head the Euro poll in the capital
NESSA Childers can top the poll in Dublin and shunt Sinn Fein into second place. She is no longer a dark horse, more a racing certainty. But why did it take the pundits so long to catch up with the public?
Last Wednesday, on Newstalk's Breakfast show, Ivan Yates asked a high- powered panel (Noel Whelan, Odran Flynn and Dr Claire McGing) to pick the winners in Dublin. None came up with the name of Nessa Childers.
Yates then dropped his bombshell. He told them that a private poll (most likely taken by Fine Gael) put Childers at 16 per cent. On that figure, she was sure to win a seat. Hearing this, the panel hastily scrambled to find reasons why Childers was doing so well.