On a personal level, I knew SF was looking at a repeat of Lab in 1992 just after that debate ended.In retrospect rte is probably sighing with relief over adding Mary lou to the panal.
Can you IMAGINE the egg on face today after the electoral result we just had?
A friend of mine who'd been saying she would vote SF rang when it was over and said, 'Jesus, that was terrible wasn't it? I didn't realise she was so bad'.
For a moment I thought McDonald had blown it but then she went on, 'But sure she can't be any worse than what's there now.'
I think by then there was probably nothing SF could have done that would have cost them support.