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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 21, 1973 - THI LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 9 Tight Irish election race is indicated in opinion polls By KEVIN DOYLE BALLINAMORE, Ireland (CP) - A mood of uncertainty sweeping this enigmatic island has dampened the hopes of Prime Minister Jack Lynch for a decisive victory in the Feb. 28 general election. "Let no one any lonegr believe that this election can be won by more than a few seats," Lynch told supporters in this market village, nestled in the centre of County Leitrim. His comment reflects a startling shift in popular opinion since the snap election was called nearly a month ago amid a widespread belief that "Jack will take it at a walk." Now, opinion polls indicate an extremely tight race. Lynch's main problem Is a coalition formed by the opposition Fine Gael and Labor parties, which, between them, controlled 67 seats in the 143-seat parliament, or Dail, at the time of dissolution. COUNTS ON 'TOUCH' He is depending heavily on his almost legendary "common touch" with the voters to carry the day for the governing Fianna Fail party. Even in Leitrim, however, Lynch's government has come in for some blistering criticism, particularly from Fine Gael candidate. A pub owner, waiting in a brisk wind for the prime minister's weekend arrival, said Ireland's entry into the European Common Market has left rural people concerned that cheap dairy products from the continent will strip them of their dwindling livelihoods. Economic problems and the internal security of the republic, faced with continuing violence in Ulster, have clearly emerged as the central battle areas in the campaign. COALITION FORMED Observers say Lynch ca^ed the election in the bettef that his popularity had reached new heights and that the chances of increasing his shaky 69-seat representation in the Dail were at their best. He had also hoped to head off the coalition between Fine Gael and Labor which was beginning to take shape at the time and has since been completed. Now, the opposition is zeroing in on bread-and-butter issues, such as the steeply-risiT? increases in food prices and housing costs since Common Market entry Jan. 1, promising to cut taxes and prices which most directly affect the lower-paid. Fianna Fail is relying on two basic techniques to return it to office, if not to a majority position: Lynch's impressive ability to talk to people in language they understand and the possibility of destroying public confidence in the still-fragile coalition. Lynch's main rival is Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave, descendant of a long line of Irish patriots, who is reputed to be the most honest politician in the republic. Cosgrave argues that coalition governments have produced ,by far the greatest number of reforms in Irish history and says there should be no fear of a new coalition taking power. He accuses Fianna Fail of becoming weak and corrupt during its 16 years in office. CROWDS ARE LARGE Cosgrave's receptions have been more subdued than Lynch's but he has so far attracted crowds as large or larger than those of the prime minister. The Labor party leader, Brendan Corish, is restricting his election efforts to only 55 work- ing-class ridings, hoping to retain, or enlarge slightly, Labor's 17 seats in the Dail. The Sinn Fein party, considered the political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, is contesting 10 ridings with the intention of taking seats in the Dail if its candidates are successful. The party, led by Tumas Mac GioHa has taken part.in several elections before but always with the policy that elected candidates would not sit in the Dail. Sinn Fein opposes the 1923 settlement with Britain which divided Ireland. The trouble in Northern Ireland forms the basis for the battle over the security of the republic. Lynch contends that a "general election and the return of the present government with strong support is essential if a protracted period of political instability and uncertainty is to be avoided." He plays on widespread concern in the republic that a new outburst of violence in Ulster will follow a referendum there on the border issue March 8, and again after the subsequent release by Britain of a white paper on Northern Ireland's future. He tells listeners there is a real danger of "extremists," carrying their violent campaign into the south and argues that Fianna Fail acted wisely and courageously in passing emeiN pre- gency powers last year to vent such terrorism. One young woman in Wexford seemed to sum up the national mood as accurately as possible at this stage. "Sure there's not a measure of difference among aray of them," she said. "But maybe it's time we considered a change." NEWS FEED LONDON (AP) - British scientists are feeding cattle yesterday's news. 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