Thursday 8 December 2016

Enda's second term at risk from a Labour meltdown

Published 13/04/2015 | 02:30

With a handful of coalition-friendly Independent TDs, Enda Kenny could achieve his elusive back-to-back terms
With a handful of coalition-friendly Independent TDs, Enda Kenny could achieve his elusive back-to-back terms

There is a growing bullishness in Fine Gael that it can successfully stem its election losses next time. If that is so - and it's a big if - the doubtful looks will be focused upon Labour.

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The Labour stalwarts love to recall those premature obituaries of their party. They concede that the party has often been down - but it has never been counted out.

All of this is true. National opinion polls do not show the persistence of "local Labour brand names" - people who are dug in at constituency level and can get elected despite their party's most adverse circumstances.

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