Thursday 30 March 2017

Mairead's poll strength her weak spot in party

The MEP's public popularity is a matter of concern for Fine Gael's oligarchs

IN THE DRIVING SEAT: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael candidate in the European elections for Ireland East, gets her campaign on the road in Ardee, Co Louth. Photo: Tom Conachy
IN THE DRIVING SEAT: Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael candidate in the European elections for Ireland East, gets her campaign on the road in Ardee, Co Louth. Photo: Tom Conachy
John Drennan

John Drennan

IT IS in the nature of phoney wars that before the shooting starts, all results are possible. This is certainly the case when it comes to the still not fully declared battle for Ireland's 11 MEP seats.

Such is the uncertainty surrounding the EU elections that despite their combined 40 per cent standing in the polls, the real prospect exists that the Coalition could return with as few as three seats and the Labour poor relations might return with none at all.

Amidst all this uncertainty, there is at least one point of light for the FG wing courtesy of the certainty that Mairead McGuinness will top the poll in the hard fought Midlands North West EU constituency.

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