Fianna Fail's challenge
Published 21/09/2011 | 05:00
Although nominations don't officially close for another week, yesterday's decision by the Fianna Fail parliamentary party to neither nominate an official party candidate nor support an independent candidate effectively restricts the field to the five candidates who have already secured nominations.
Fianna Fail was damned if it did and damned if it didn't.
With most voters still not having forgiven its mismanagement of the economy during the almost 14 years it spent in office up to last March, nominating an official Fianna Fail candidate would have risked heaping further electoral humiliation on the party.