A hint but not a sign of what's to come
A PROTEST vote, or a definite sign of what's to come in the general election? The Donegal South-West by-election has produced plenty of food for thought for the main political parties as they prepare for the big event of the General Election next year.
The economic and banking crisis put the by-election in the local, national and international spotlight.
Whether it's a barometer of the rest of the country is arguable. A general election is 43 different battles and Donegal South West is not a typical constituency where each of the parties is at a representative strength.