Opinion Shane Coleman

Tuesday 30 May 2017

A hubristic and negative campaign from Fine Gael simply won't wash with voters

For starters, while a majority of the electorate retain serious reservations about Fianna Fáil, they don't personally dislike Micheál Martin
For starters, while a majority of the electorate retain serious reservations about Fianna Fáil, they don't personally dislike Micheál Martin
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

It seems Micheál Martin was right when he said the Government's re-election campaign would be the most negative ever. Only a week after his prediction, the Sunday Independent reported that Fine Gael was planning a full-scale, personalised attack on the Fianna Fáil leader.

Citing a confidential FG briefing document, it said the plan was to "relentlessly remind" voters that Martin was a member of cabinet when the Troika came to town and that he and his party had no credibility when it came to the economy they had wrecked.

Fine Gael members apparently will be told to describe Martin as a "shiver looking for a spine" - a reference to Harold Wilson's put-down of Ted Heath five decades ago.

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