Sunday 25 February 2018

Shatter makes a late bid in turf war

Fine Gael's Alan Shatter. Photo: Frank McGrath
Fine Gael's Alan Shatter. Photo: Frank McGrath Newsdesk Newsdesk

A turf war has broken out between Fine Gael headquarters and Alan Shatter over the party's vote management in Dublin Rathdown.

The party hopes to take two seats in the old Dublin South constituency, with the former justice minister and running mate Josepha Madigan.

Fine Gael director of elections Brian Hayes urged voters in parts of the constituency to vote No 1 for Ms Madigan and No 2 for Mr Shatter.

But Mr Shatter followed up with his own leaflet in the area, late on the eve of polling day, asking for a No 1 vote.

A local resident said: "Great entertainment in Clonskeagh as two letters arrived last night - one from Enda saying vote for Josepha and one at midnight from Alan, saying forget all that."

Irish Independent

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