Tuesday 24 April 2018

Fine Gael 'in real trouble' in Enda's back yard of Mayo

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

JOHN DRENNAN Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny could be facing a humiliating 'Judgement Day' rout in his own constituency this month.

In a prologue to its current political dominance of the Mayo constituency, where it holds four of the five Dail seats, Fine Gael won 17 of the available 31 seats in the 2009 local elections.

However, figures from opposite sides of the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael divide both claimed last week that Mr Kenny's party is facing the nightmare prospect of losing up to half of its local council seats.

And Mr Kenny is being held responsible for the decline in the Fine Gael vote.

One Fine Gael source told the Sunday Independent: "We have done the figures, we're likely to do well in Enda's home town, that is a given. But outside of that Fine Gael is in real trouble, at best we will come back with nine."

The source added: "The major problem is that the Emperor is judged by what he does in his own county, Enda has been neglecting the home fires, iconic factories have been closing down and despite all the big jobs announcements they're not being replaced."

In contrast, Fianna Fail sources claimed leader Micheal Martin was "mobbed" when he visited Mayo last week. "They were racing over to him," one source said.

Commenting on his reception in Mr Kenny's backyard, Mr Martin told the Sunday Independent: "That is a pleasure that is beginning to occur. I was well received in Mayo, people were anxious to talk. What was very evident was the sense that the Government hasn't delivered for Mayo."

Sticking the knife further into Mr Kenny, the Fianna Fail leader added: "Small towns in Mayo have in particular been neglected under the current administration, people there told me they are really struggling."

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