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FG strategy has put a limit to the seats they can win

The latest poll does not indicate any last-minute surge in support one way or the other. But of course, we haven't reached the "last minute" yet. Labour appears to have come off worst in its scrap with Fine Gael and the "Gilmore for Taoiseach" posters are going to become collectors' items -- just as the famous 1969 Labour poster "The Seventies Will Be Socialist" became iconic symbols of over-reaching ambition.

Hindsight is 20:20 vision. The candidate strategy devised last year by Fine Gael was rational in its ambition. It was designed to maximise the party's seats on a projected support level of 30 to 33 per cent of the vote. But as a result, FG will now do extremely well to get 75 or 76 seats.

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