Wednesday 23 August 2017

The knives could be out for both Martin and Gilmore as poll predicts misery in Europe

Micheal Martin and Eamon Gilmore are facing into a tough election.
Micheal Martin and Eamon Gilmore are facing into a tough election.
John Downing

John Downing

THE problem for campaign-weary candidates is that their energies are in danger of flagging just as would-be voters are beginning to take some interest. Somehow the European Parliament and council hopefuls must find that last blast to take them up to Friday and polling day.

This day next week we will be poring over the outcomes and the Government will be trying to generate movement and distractions with much talk of a cabinet reshuffle dominating the news.

With just four canvassing days left there is a sense that the two Government parties are looking hopefully at a low turnout and those huge council areas of up to nine seats to help save their blushes. There is a lingering hope in Fine Gael and Labour that there will be many scenes which will be the election equivalent of "Johnny Comes Marchin' Home Again", as some of their stalwarts stumble through in the 22nd count very late and very inquorate.

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