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Labour's stunned troops pray for the final whistle

Costello raises white flag, Hanafin proves unlikely revivals can happen

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

Party representatives check spoilt votes at the count in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Party representatives check spoilt votes at the count in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Green party candidate Claire Byrne who was elected to the local council gets her picture taken in the RDS. Picture: Mark Condren
Candidate Andrew Montague's niece and nephew Naia (5) and Ciaran (7) Montague Bardeci play games at the results podium at the count centre at the RDS yesterday. Picture: Steve Humphreys
An exhausted tally person at the RDS Count Centre
Election tellers tot up the votes cast on Friday at the count centre at the RDS in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Waterford had just scored a cracking goal against Cork in a Championship thriller which eventually ended with honours even.

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Politics can be like that match sometimes. Closely-fought contests in which one or other team nudges ahead by a point, or where the underdog can sneak a late score against the favoured side and pull a draw out of the hat.

Or every now and then, politics turns into a rout, where point after point drops over the crossbar and goals slam in below it, as the stunned and demoralised losing side run around in circles, wonder how the hell it all went so wrong and pray for the final whistle.

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