Kenny: We’ll take two!

As the general election campaign enters its final week today (Thursday) Fine Gael has thrown down the gauntlet to Fianna Fail with party leader Mr. Enda Kenny declaring – in a visit to the county town – that Denis Naughten and Frank Feighan will take two seats locally.   Fianna Fail Deputy Michael Finneran, in the course of an interview with the Roscommon People this week, has stated that he sees himself fighting for the third seat and, as he puts it, to keep a Fianna Fail seat in County Roscommon.   The belief that Roscommon/South Leitrim will emerge as a key marginal constituency in the election was underlined by the fact that major national political figures visited Roscommon in recent days to join in final-week canvassing.   Yesterday (Wednesday) Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny received a rousing welcome in Roscommon town while later in the day newly-elected Deputy First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, visited Roscommon town and Ballaghaderreen.   The destiny of the last seat in Roscommon/South Leitrim is expected to act as a clear indication of the possible outcome of the election nationally. Enda Kenny was in the county to canvass for Deputy Denis Naughten and Senator Frank Feighan as a belief grows within Fine Gael that the party can take two seats here. During his visit Deputy Kenny told the Roscommon People’s Seamus Duke that Fine Gael will take two of the three seats in Roscommon/South Leitrim. Fianna Fail Deputy Michael Finneran, interviewed in the Roscommon People this week, said that he is in a battle for the last seat and is fighting to keep a Fianna Fail seat in County Roscommon.   Meanwhile Martin McGuinness briefly visited Roscommon County Hospital on Wednesday and later canvassed on behalf of the party’s Roscommon/South Leitrim candidate Martin Kenny. Last Thursday An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern visited Castlerea where he was accompanied by a large Fianna Fail entourage including candidates Deputies Michael Finneran and John Ellis.   With nine candidates contesting next week’s general election locally few people are predicting the outcome with much confidence and a tremendous ‘dog-fight’ is anticipated. The four Oireachtas members are still viewed as the front-runners.