Tuesday 28 February 2017

It may have to be that FG-FF coalition after all

John Downing

John Downing

Fine Gael Manifesto
Fine Gael Manifesto

From today there are 11 canvass days left. Up to now, Fine Gael was quietly relying on ramping up its core message in the final week. Labour keeps waiting for luck in quantities akin to a miracle.

Fine Gael backroom people hark back to the May 2007 general election, when the final week just came up roses for a very embattled Fianna Fáil and it snatched the keys of Government Buildings from Enda Kenny. If that is to happen, things will have to begin turning this Thursday or Friday.

Otherwise, if the current opinion poll findings hold good on polling day itself, we are looking at a long and complex set of negotiations before we get a government - unless of course the idea of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition comes to fruition.

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