Opinion Analysis

Saturday 25 November 2017

From a lame duck to 'titan' in two years...?

Willie O'Dea

Is the 2012 Enda really all that different from the malfunctioning 2010 version Fine Gael tried to ditch? asks Willie O'Dea

THE publication of the new Dail constituency boundaries had TDs and commentators transfixed for most of last Thursday. The fact that the report was due was one of the worst kept secrets in Leinster House. If you believe the "informed sources" the report had been finalised before the fiscal treaty referendum, but that the Government -- particularly the Fine Gael side -- wanted to keep the contents under wraps in case the bad news dissuaded some backbenchers from giving the campaign their all.

Looking at the faces of many of the Fine Gael TDs around the Dail last Thursday, that was probably a wise move. While rumours that the report would contain bad news for some had abounded, it seemed many government TDs were hoping against hope that it wouldn't affect them. They were wrong.

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