Thursday 19 January 2017

By-election a litmus test for General Election and a must-win for Martin

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

Since the campaign began, this has been billed as a must-win for Micheál Martin, whose leadership of Fianna Fáil has been brought into question after six successive defeats at by-elections
Since the campaign began, this has been billed as a must-win for Micheál Martin, whose leadership of Fianna Fáil has been brought into question after six successive defeats at by-elections

Lucinda Creighton chose an arts and crafts shop in the heart of Kilkenny city which was once the constituency office of EU Commissioner Phil Hogan as Renua's headquarters for the by-election.

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Perhaps she hoped it would bring candidate Pat McKee the same success it brought her former Fine Gael colleague, whose seat has become a litmus test for the state of the parties ahead of the forthcoming General Election.

Mr McKee, whom the bookies give an outside chance of winning, will probably need more than Big Phil's old office to make grounds on either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil in this race.

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