Wednesday 16 August 2017

John Drennan: Fine Gael matron to carry on up the polls

In key battlegrounds both Fianna Fail and Labour are struggling to gain seats, writes John Drennan

So what difference does the failure of the star to show on Vincent Browne's debate appear to have made?

It seems that Enda's imitation of Greta Garbo made absolutely no difference. The nation's chattering classes may have obsessed over Kenny's petulant decision to forego the dubious delights of a fire-side chat with Vincent. However, whilst the Sancerre-filled wine glasses may have been shaking in Sandymount, when it comes to the ground wars within our constituencies the whole flap has had a minimal impact.

Instead, our polls show Fine Gael is very close to securing an overall majority. On one level we should not be too surprised. This, after all would not be the first election where a gaffe-prone figure who was none too good at the details and who was despised by the intelligentsia secured a shock victory.

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