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Lenihan goes solo for final vote appeal

AN 11th-hour letter appeal to voters from Finance Minister Brian Lenihan last night made no mention of Fianna Fail.

No party logo was used and no mention was made of Fianna Fail in the short appeal for a first preference vote to Dublin West constituents.

In the four-paragraph letter, Mr Lenihan thanked people for the courtesy shown to him during the election campaign.

"Where there was debate, it was lively and stimulating. Every vote counts in this election.

"I believe I can provide a strong, positive and effective voice in Dail Eireann for Dublin West if, with your help, I am elected," Mr Lenihan wrote. "Your No 1 vote would be greatly appreciated."

His constituency rival, Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar, said it was a "bit funny that somebody who has been personally associated with Fianna Fail for so long and comes from such a strong Fianna Fail family was putting out a letter which failed to mention that he was a member of the party".

Irish Independent