FINE Gael’s hopes of winning a second seat in this constituency for the first time in 57 years is on course according to one of the country’s most astute political commentators.
The Sunday Independent’s John Drennan in his guide to the election at the weekend tipped both Fergus O’Dowd and Peter Fitzpatrick to take a seat in the upcoming election while, in what would be a huge blow to Fianna Fáil, he expects Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk to be their only TD returned.
Speaking on the matter, Drennan said: “The only reason Fianna Fáil are even sure of one seat in this constituency is because Seamus Kirk is the outgoing Ceann Comhairle. That, however, will be their lot.”
Drennan then predicted that the four other candidates elected would be the Fine Gael pair of O’Dowd and Fitzpatrick as well as Labour’s Ged Nash and Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams.
He admitted, however, that the fifth seat would be the most difficult to predict.
“The fifth seat will consist of a fracas between a couple of Fianna Fáil non-entities (Senator James Carroll and Cllr Declan Breathnach), a Green non-entity (Senator Mark Dearey) and Fine Gael’s newest celebrity candidate, Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick.
“We suspect Mr Fitzpatrick will fare a lot better than Fine Gael’s resident Presidential candidate Mairead McGuinness did. Mind you, he had better be elected if Fergus O’Dowd wants a ministry.”