Greens face nightmare of no seats
The Greens go into Friday's Irish general election facing the nightmare prospect of losing all of their six Dail seats. Support for the party remains rooted at a miserly 1pc, according to the latest Irish Independent/ Millward Brown Lansdowne poll.
All of the party's TDs now face an uphill struggle. Leader John Gormley, former minister Eamon Ryan and Trevor Sargent have the best chance of surviving, but even these high-profile party stalwarts will find themselves in a desperate battle for the final seats in their respective constituencies.
Deputy leader Mary White, Paul Gogarty and Ciaran Cuffe seem certain to lose their seats.
Mr Gormley last week indicated his party would be prepared to support a Fine Gael-led government. It is increasingly unlikely the party will have much -- if anything at all -- to bring to the negotiating table when it comes to forming the next coalition.
Despite the threat of wipeout, the Greens are continuing to put on a brave face. The party yesterday held an online Q&A session with voters. It said more than 2,000 people participated.