Much at stake for parties as they prepare to face apathetic voters
BRACE yourselves – we are about to go into election mode. Variously, as this St Patrick's week drags on, our wandering ministers will return, the political ceasefire will end and electioneering will start to build.
Nine weeks from this coming Friday, people will be invited to the polls to elect their 11 Euro MEPs and 949 city and county councillors. There are big things at stake for all of the parties.
Fine Gael is hoping for damage limitation. Labour will be looking for signs that allow them to say they are not on the verge of wipeout. Fianna Fail will be trying to argue that they really are on the way back. Sinn Fein will be seeking evidence that all that they promise finally becomes something tangible.