Sunday 26 February 2017

Single party government is possible as middle class Labour voters shift loyalty

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

WAR FOOTING: Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke
WAR FOOTING: Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke

Bookmakers' odds are in your favour if you fancy a flutter on the outcome of the General Election

Overall majorities in Irish elections are as rare as hen's teeth. The last 10 general elections have failed to deliver a majority for a single party. And the accepted wisdom is that, because of our PR/STV electoral system, it can no longer be done.

Fianna Fail - the only party to have won more than half the seats, most recently in 1977 - couldn't do it in five elections under Charlie Haughey, despite never getting less than 44pc of the vote. And even when Bertie Ahern was in his pomp, and the country was awash with money in 2002, it still proved too big an ask.

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