Sunday 22 October 2017

Kenny will need considerable wizardry if he is to stay on as anchor tenant in Government Buildings

The publication of the report was held back until 10pm so that voting would be unaffected. Photo: Brian Hutton/PA Wire
The publication of the report was held back until 10pm so that voting would be unaffected. Photo: Brian Hutton/PA Wire
John Downing

John Downing

This is a hammer blow to Fine Gael and Labour who presented themselves to voters as the people who saved the national economy.

At the very best, Mr Kenny will have to find and deploy considerable political wizardry if he is going to stay on as anchor tenant in Government Buildings.

But a boost for Fianna Fáil also means pressure for the party to make groundbreaking decisions in a likely hung Dáil. It also opens intriguing possibilities for other coalition options.

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