Tuesday 22 January 2019

Rabbitte will be first out of hat as FF pair fight to death

THIS is one of only two Dublin constituencies where Fianna Fail has two candidates.

Despite some moves to get junior minister Conor Lenihan to move to Dublin South, both he and Charlie 'TD for Tallaght' O'Connor were determined to stick with their roots.

However, by doing so they have signed up for a 'battle to the death' that could see both of them being dismembered.

Lenihan has a high national profile whereas O'Connor is considered something of a legend among many locals -- but both are now on fighting each other for the final seat. Fine Gael is also running two candidates but the second name on the ticket -- Cait Keane -- was a very late addition.

The former PD's running mate, Brian Hayes, is a safe bet but it's difficult to see how Keane can sneak home after only entering the race in January. Hayes has experienced losing the seat before in Fine Gael's 2002 wipeout but his star rose sharply during the last Dail.

The pride of topping the poll will probably be reserved for the always animated Pat Rabbitte. The Labour man was party leader during the last General Election campaign but his troops failed to reach its expected targets.

This time they are likely to come away as the biggest party in Dublin and Rabbitte will be hoping that if the 'Gilmore Gale' blows at his back Eamon Maloney may also take a seat.

Like Hayes in 2007, Sean Crowe of Sinn Fein is likely to be the comeback kid.

PREDICTION: Rabbitte, Hayes, Crowe and Lenihan.

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