Party Profile: Independent Alliance

The Independent Alliance is a loose grouping of independents formed in March 2015 by TDs Shane Ross and Michael Fitzmaurice. As it is not technically a party, it has no whip and no policies, which has led some people to question the purpose of it other than as a Dail Technical Group. They are running…

Party Profile: Workers’ Party

The Workers Party is a small left-wing party running 5 candidates in the General Election; Cllr Eilis Ryan (Dublin Central), Cllr Ted Tynan (Cork North-Central), Lorraine Hennessy (Dublin Mid-West), Jimmy Dignam (Dublin North-West) and Seamus McDonagh (Meath East). Originally known as Official Sinn Fein following the 1970 split in Sinn Fein and the IRA, it…

Party Profile: Greens

Primarily a single issue party focusing on environmental issues, but does take stands on economic and social issues. It is socially liberal and has supported same-sex marriage, LGBT rights and women’s rights. It is by far the strongest voice in Irish politics when it comes to environmental issues, an area almost entirely overlooked by the…

Party Profile: Social Democrats

The Social Democrats is a brand new party led by TDs Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly (previously sitting as independents) and Roisin Shortall (previously Labour). Shortall resigned as Minister of State for Primary Care and also the Labour Party whip over the government lack of support for pledged reforms of the health system and over…

Party Profile: Renua

Renua is essentially a split of from the governing Fine Gael.  It has a very loose whip system, or really none at all for the most part, meaning that most of what they promise in their manifesto isn’t necessarily what you’ll be getting if you vote for them. It is the most right-wing of all…

Party Profile: Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit

Often described as being Ireland’s far left, in reality they are advocating a fairly radical social democratic programme, similar to that of British Labour from the 1940s to the 1970s. Their policies are by no means anti-capitalist or socialist like they claim, but they are anti-establishment and anti-big business. Perhaps the loudest voice calling for…

Party Profile: Fianna Fáil

Similar in many ways to Fine Gael, taking a conservative Catholic stance on social issues, but the large difference lies in its less conservative approach to economic issues, having pushed for more government spending and comprehensive education. However, this hasn’t stopped the party from often supporting an austerity agenda of tax hikes and spending cuts,…

Party Profile: Fine Gael

This can be described as a liberal Conservative party, similar to Christian Democratic parties of continental Europe such as Angela Merkel’s CDU in Germany, and also like the British Conservative Party, which has given advice to Fine Gael in the lead up to this election. It has overseen a moderate recovery in some sectors of…

Party Profile: Sinn Féin

A longstanding Republican and Nationalist party, which has rather recently converted to the Left. Certain central figures such as Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Lynn Boylan are certainly left wing, although this brought Boylan into conflict with the Sinn Féin establishment in Kerry (centred around the Ferris family almost like a cult) in the…

Party Profile: Labour

A social liberal party, often placed on the centre-left of the political spectrum. Despite this, Labour essentially has no economic policy of its own, instead supporting, for the most part, the economic programme of whichever party it is in coalition with, which has varied between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in the last few decades….

Constituency Predictions – General Election 2016

Fine Gael – 52 (+ ceann comhairle) Fianna Fáil – 39 Sinn Féin – 28 Labour – 16 AAA-PBP – 3 Social Democrats – 3 Renua – 1 Independents/Others – 15 Carlow-Kilkenny – 5 seater Bobby Aylward (FF) John McGuinness (FF) John Paul Philan (FG) Pat Deering (FG) Kathleen Funchion (SF) Cavan-Monaghan – 4 seater…

The Whos and Who-nots of General Election 2016

Here is my list of candidates to vote for, to consider (maybe) and to completely avoid in each constituency. Don’t let me tell you what to do though, I’m not a politician. All constituencies are in alphabetical order. AAA-PBP = Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit | CP = Communist Party | DDI = Direct Democracy Ireland | FF = Fianna Fail | FG =…