The Sunday Independent's John Drennan has produced a supplement with today's SINDO (called John Drennan's Guide to Irish Politics) where he predicts the outcome of the next General Election on a constituency-by-constituency basis.
He predicts that Labour will be the largest party on 56 seats, with Fine Gael on 54 seats, he anticipates that FF will almost half their seats to 42 seats and believes the Greens will be wiped out.
Amongst the various writings, a column entitled "The dozen we've got to dump" names TDs who are the "weakest links". Amongst the names are Bertie Ahern, Dermot Ahern (who he calls an "un-original timserver whose day is done"), Barry Andrews ("a dull dynast who has nothing to offer outside affable banality"), Simon Coveney (which Drennan simply writes "see Barry Andrews"), Brian Cowen ("the worst Irish Taoiseach we have ever suffered"), Noel Demspey ("sole achivement of this 'great thinker' consists of a tax on plastic bags"), Mary Harney (Drennan writes that Harney "destroyed two departments ... off you go now dear ..."), Sean Haughey ("what has he done of note?"), Brendan Smith ("quite useless in every job he was asked to do") and Michael Woods ("old Leinster House ghost who should be pottering around watering the tomato plants").Code:FF 42 FG 54 Lab 56 SF 6 Ind 8
In another article Drennan lists out the TDs whom he believes are most at-risk of losing their seats, he lists Mary Harney, John Gormley, Barry Andrews, Eamon Ryan, Batt O'Keefe, Pat Carey, Mary Hanafin, Micheal Martin, Brendan Smith and Mary Coughlan as most at risk.