EIRE: Winner: Nobody

"This does not look good to me," mourned Eamon de Valera. With all but five districts accounted for in Eire's general elections (TIME, Feb. 9), Dev's comfortable, 16-year-old majority faded into thin air last week. Only 66 out of a possible 147 seats in the new Dail were taken by his Fianna Fail.

But if Dev had lost the election, at least nobody else had won it. The situation in the 13th Dail promised to be even more confusing than in the 12th. "Clann na Poblachta is a fiasco," crowed the pro Dev Irish Press, as Barrister Sean MacBride's proud...

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