Government of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused of complacency ahead of Friday’s vote.

Ireland is to hold an election on Friday and, if the opinion polls are to be believed, the result will be a damning verdict on the country’s established political parties. In fact, Ireland’s 80-year-old party system will be shattered.

Going into this short election campaign – the shortest in Irish history – the parties that make up the coalition government were feeling pretty confident. The economy was picking up after five rough years and polls looked positive, at least for the larger right-of-centre Fine Gael party. Less so perhaps for the smaller left-of-centre Labour party.

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