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    Bond The parade down Vinegar Hill in Enniscorthy, Country Woxford, is drumming up support for the man who, upsetting earlier election forecasts, could be the next Prime Minister of the Republic.

    Cooprave in car more band Mr. Lien Coograve leade Fino Gaol, the main opposition party, out of office for sixteen years, but now, thanks to the coalition arrangement patched up with Labour, offering the real chance of an alternative to Mr. Lynch's Fianna fail. The Pine Galo campaign is, to say the least, loosely organised.

    Cosoravo on foot Mr. Cosgravo dooan't out much of a desh politically. But he is presented to the voters as a man of honour and integrity.

    on platform On party platforms he stays mainly with domestic themes: housing, taxation and prices. But he won't be cutflanked by Mr. Lynch on the security issue, either.

    top shot crowd It all geos down well with the party faithful, but wouldn't by itself be enough to make a fine Gael Government. Hence the coalition with Labour.

    posters As the lamppost propaganda war shows, the two parties are fighting as separately as the other, under their ??? names and with their own candidates.

    'no coalition' sign more poster And not all their members are happy with the association anyway. But they are being urged, under the system of transformable votes which operates here, to make the other party the second choice after their own. And there's a common manifesto: not socialist, but radical and reforming.

    to camera It is, however, a marriage of convenience between two unequal partner. Fine Gael are the traditional opposition; historically the Treaty party and the law and order party, whose success depends on people voting as their grandfathers did. Labour, on the other hand - much the smaller party - have always suffered form the ingrained voting habits.

    to camera In previous elections they've tried and failed to establish themselves as the natural opposition. Now they've come to terms with things and have settled for the electoral pact - bringing to it the individual talents of men

    O'Brion canvassing like Conor Cruise O'Brien, the former United Nations diplomat, who would almost certainly be found a place in a coalition cabinet. He's canvassing bard to hold his seat in Dublin North-East, largely ignoring the Northern issue on which Republicans distrust him. Instead, he too is harvesting votes from the crop of domestic issues, and from the feeling that perhaps it's time for a change.

    proctors or Briten In previous elections voters have been facade with a limited choices either a Fianna Fail government, or a deadlock with no party dominant. Now there's a third choice, a coalition government.

    to camera And to those who argue that Fine Gael and Labour are at odds with each other on major issues like the Common Market, they reply with a refernnco to the Arms Conspiracy Case during Fienna Fail's last torn of office - that at least the ministers of a coalition government will not be locking each other up.


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