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Fine Gael leads race to opposition benches - but it's not an easy route

Kevin Doyle


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Happy: The vote-getting performance of Michael Ring – seen here with grandson Ben Bourke at the count centre in Castlebar – was one of the few bright moments for Fine Gael. 
Photo: Keith Heneghan

Happy: The vote-getting performance of Michael Ring – seen here with grandson Ben Bourke at the count centre in Castlebar – was one of the few bright moments for Fine Gael. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Happy: The vote-getting performance of Michael Ring – seen here with grandson Ben Bourke at the count centre in Castlebar – was one of the few bright moments for Fine Gael. Photo: Keith Heneghan

Fine Gael is winning the race to opposition but fears the many obstacles that must be overcome before it can vacate Government Buildings.

Having gone into the General Election aiming for a historic third term, the Blueshirts are very much in retreat. A number of senior party sources say the biggest question being discussed since the devastating results came is 'how do we get out of government?'

Ministers are now trapped in office until a new coalition is formed. They will continue to hold Cabinet meetings, represent Ireland at EU meetings and welcome foreign dignitaries.