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Thursday, une 16, 1977

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Jobs, British troops
af issue in today's
Irish elections

DUBLIN, Ireland (WP- - Irish
voters elect a new government
today after a campaign marked
by promises of more jobs and
higher pay and a bitter last-
minute debate over British con-
trol in Northern Ireland.
The eight-year sectarian war
in the British province, north
of the Irish Republic, has be-
come "a very important issue,"-
Prime Minister Liam Cosgrave
said at the campaign neared a
UNTIL EARLIER this week,
the two major political rivals,
Cosgrave's ruling Fine Gael and
Jack Lynch's Fianna Fail, cam-
paigned primarily on bread and
butter issues of inflation and
Both parties offered a bonan-
za of pledges including more
jobs, more pay and massive
tax cuts, prompting one for-
eign diplomat to. predict that
neither would be able to honor
the "rash promises of goodies
galore" because of the repub-

lic's shaky economy.
Cosgrave shifted the cam-
paign focus onto Northern Ire-
land with a speech by his For-
eign Minister, Garret Fitzger-
ald, who accused Fianna Fail
on Monday of seeking to force
a British withdrawal from the
province. Fitzgerald claimed
such a move would provoke
widespread bloodshed as armed
Protestants and Roman Catho-
lic extremists jockeyed for con-
troy of their areas in advance
of a British pullout.
ish to stay in the province for
the "foreseeable future" to con-
tain the violence. Fianna Fail
wants Britain to issue a decla-
ration of its intent to withdraw,
and has suggested United Na-
tions intervention if necessary.
Countering Fitzgerald's accu-
sation, Fianna Fail leader
Lynch said his party's policy
was "sane and safe."
Fitzgerald claimed Fianna
Fail was packed with Irish Re-
publican Army (IRA) sympa-
thizers who would start trou-
ble if elected.
The IRA, outlawed on both
sides of the border, has been
fighting for union between the
predominantly Protestant pro-
vince and the majority Roman
Catholic republic. Cosgrave
fears British withdrawal would
force the million-strong Protest-
ant majority in Ulster to un-
leash a militant campaign in
the south against a union which
it opposes.
A FIANNA FAIL spokesper-
son contends Cosgrave's coali-
tion is "trying to frighten peo-
ple who want a change of gov-
ernment." Fianna Fail held
power for 16 years before being
ousted in the last election in
Political commentators and
public opinion polls put the par-
ties neck and neck as the cam-
paign ended. But Cosgrave's
labor coalition was expected to
win another five-year term with
a narrow majority in the 148-
seat Dail, lower house of Ire-
land's parliament.
The party winning themost
seatswill formthe
seats will form the new gov-
ernment. Fine Gael now has
a four-vote majority in the Dail.
MEMBERS OF the Dail are
elected by the more than 2.1
million voters while the upper
house, or Seanad, is chosen in-
It was unclear what effect the
Northern Ireland issue would
have on voters. Commentators
thinks economic issues will de-
cide the election.
"The people are in a shop-
ping basket mood, not a blun-
derbuss mood," said Tim Pat
Coogan of the Irish Press, which
supports Fianna Fail.
More top business executives
-1,762-hold degrees from the
University than from any other
public university.
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