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Fine Gael was never in hunt for an overall Dail majority

Your correspondent Tom Ryan seems to draw a most implausible conclusion from the recent election which saw Fine Gael getting its largest number of seats since the foundation of the State.

He suggests that the majority could have been even larger were it not for Fine Gael's stated intention to reverse the ban on the Ward Union hunt, which was passed by the Dail only on the imposition of a guillotine on debate and then by the slimmest of margins.

Perhaps he is right and the members of the massive protest of at least 20 people outside the recent national coursing meeting in Clonmel might well have voted for Fine Gael if this had not been in their manifesto.

However, it would be unlikely to sway the 20,000 who attended the annual coursing event and filled every hotel and B&B in the Clonmel area for the week.

The proposers of the ban, the Greens, have been consigned to oblivion and will make an interesting footnote in political history.

Richard Power
Co Limerick

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