Government relieved as government candidate fails to be elected

In which country in the world would you find such massive relief in government circles when that governments of the candidate feels to win a by-election to the upper house?

Irish Independent reports:

But his huge support from Fine Gael and Labour TDs will nonetheless prove extremely embarrassing for the Taoiseach.

The government has now lost its majority in the Seanad and will struggle to pass legislation in the coming months.

In a huge act of defiance against the Taoiseach, a raft of government TDs voted for Mr McNulty after being told not to do so.

The Donegal businessman secured 85 first preference votes compared to the 87 secured by Mr Craughwell.

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