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FF border wars erupt as poster pact ditched

EIGHT days to go until polling day and the candidates' nerves are becoming frayed.

It's at this stage in the campaign that pre-election agreements between party colleagues -- or rivals, whichever way you want to look at it -- can go out the window.

And it seems that discipline is breaking down in the Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fail camp, where a rebel Kilkenny TD has made a cross-border raid.

FF members removed up to 100 of John McGuinness's posters from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, where they were put up despite an agreement that Carlow would be left to his running mate, Jennifer Murnane O'Connor.

However, if you saw your party at 12pc in the polls, observing polite pre-election agreements would be the last thing on your mind.

Irish Independent