Sunday 24 September 2017

Why prospect of a second poll makes (most) TDs nervous

As the stalemate drags on, another election might be unavoidable. Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos
As the stalemate drags on, another election might be unavoidable. Photo: Erwin Wodicka / Depositphotos
John Downing

John Downing

NOBODY wants another election, everybody at Leinster House keeps insisting. But fear is rising that, as stalemate drags on and things take on their own momentum, an election might be unavoidable.

Another day at the polling booths so soon after the February vote may change very little in some constituencies. But in other areas, a lot could alter - making TDs somewhat nervous.

1) Leader changes: An early election would hurry leadership changes in the Labour Party - and very probably in Fine Gael. Labour leader Joan Burton's days are numbered already.

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