After the 1992 election, FG's idea of a Rainbow govt was in fact FG, Labour & the PDs. Bruton refused to even meet with DL before the election regarding the formation of a govt.Editing now. I meant FGs vote increased from 24% to 27-8%. :?
Economic growth had already begun to hit 10% towards the end of that government and unemployment was falling. But it wasn't fast enough to change the outcome. Also many doubted the legitimacy of the Rainbow government because it was formed without a new election in 1994. Or at least that was how I felt at the time.
After the 1997 election, FG won 7 seats, but it was felt that they were only getting back most of the seats they lost in 1992.