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Poll nerves for Irish government

The grip on power of the Irish Republic's coalition government looks set to slip further as a by-election gets under way in County Donegal.

Fianna Fail, along with its allies, can muster a majority of only three seats, just months, or possibly weeks, before an expected general election.

Its candidate in Donegal faces a tough challenge from Sinn Fein.

The party hopes to pass an austerity budget next month, having agreed to a massive international bail-out.

  • 25 Nov 2010