GERARD HOWLIN: Clune in danger as Cork vies for three seats from five in election

There are two sleeps left to local and European elections on Friday. The indifference is palpable. When we were in austerity for five years, amidst real public anger, 52% turned out to vote in the 2014 local elections.

This time there is a lot of apathetic politeness meeting canvassers on the doors. Bursts of anger are rare. People are busy and getting on with it. There are now 2.3m people at work — the highest number in the history of the State. There is little sign of a political groundswell this week. That doesn’t mean incremental change won’t be important, however.

Fianna Fáil is focused on getting Brendan Smith over the line and into the European Parliament in Midlands-North-West. Failure, and it’s possible, will dent what otherwise might be a mildly pleasant day.

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