- Jun 17, 2010
Looking back on the 1997 election when the incumbent Rainbow coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and Democratic Left went into that election with the strong record of economic growth, a budget surplus for the first time in 30 years as well as growing employment figures. How did they lose? was it Bertie Ahern being leader of Fianna Fail. A highly popular leader whose personality was possibly more key than the party to explain the defeat of the Rainbow coalition?