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Old September 30th 03, 12:42 AM
Bertie the Bunyip
 
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Default Support for Govt continues to fall

Nik wrote in
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On 29 Sep 2003 19:12:14 +0100, "Sylvia" wrote:

"Howard Beale" wrote:

"Gréccio" wrote in message
...
In article
ilgate.org,
Diarmid Logan says...


In the May 2002 Election, Fianna Fáil secured 41.5% of votes, Fine
Gael 22%, Labour 11%, Sinn Féin 6.5%, the PDs 4%, the Green Party
4% and others 11%.



The Green Party vote is an indication of how dangerous the extreme
lunatic fringe have become in Irish society.

I'd have though the Fianna Fail vote was more of an indication,
myself

Hello Howard and Greccio, I have a hot date with an Irish expat,
sooooo
I have a huge favor to ask of you. Would you brief me on the political
parties in Ireland so I have something to say as oppossed to simply
sitting there and powdering my pert nose? I know it a lot to ask, but
I am putting myself at your tender mercies. ( Readers' Digest version
would be just fabulous
)


Fianna Fail (pronounced Fee-anna Fawl) are the natural party of
government. They are a middle of the political spectrum sort of party.
They were grew out of the civil war in 22-23. They have an historical
background that dates from the Easter Rising. Its first President,
Eamonn de Valera was an IRA man who later took fairly punitive
measures to suppress the IRA...

Their coalition partner in the Dail Eireann (Pronounced "Dawl
Air-ren") are the Progressive Democrats. The PDs are a monetarist
party who believe in "Market Forces" being the best indicator and
provider of goods and services...

Fine Gael (Finn-eh Gael) also arose out of the 22-23 civil war. They
are the most socially conservative of the major political parties in
Ireland. They have been the traditional opposition to Fianna Fail.
Some would say that they were formed for the sole purpose of opposing
Fianna Fail.

Policy wise there's not much real difference between Fianna Fail and
Fine Gael. Fianna Fail are more forward looking and more socially
liberal but often what might be a Fianna Fail policy one morning might
well be Fine Gael the next...for this reason and the fact that the
memory of the civil war is fading, it is my belief that Fine Gael are
beginning their slide into electoral irrelevancy.

The Greens, well, they're Green. Their voters are typically young
middle class. I think that we can expect them to continue to get 6-9%
of the vote for the foreseeable future...

The Labour Party, middle of the road worker's party. They also have
some, in the old days now, IRA background. Pronsias De Rossa aka Frank
Ross was interned as a member of the IRA in 1958 by Eamonn De
Valera...

Socialist Party, a more left wing party than the Labour Party. Have a
look at:

http://www.socialistparty.net/

"Take economic power out of the hands of the bankers, speculators and
wealthy industrialists and transfer it to those who do the work and
create the wealth: working class people "

Joe Higgins is a strong representative for the Socialist Party in
Daill Eireann. He is likely to remain in the Dail.

The Workers Party - http://www.workers-party.org/

TO CHANGE THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF BOTH STATES
OF IRELAND TO ESTABLISH A DEMOCRATIC, SECULAR, SOCIALIST REPUBLIC; A
UNITARY STATE ON THE ISLAND OF IRELAND.
AS THE PARTY IS ALSO INTERNATIONALIST, WE SEEK TO TRANSFORM A WORLD
WHICH ENSLAVES TWO THIRDS OF ITS PEOPLE AND CONDEMNS THEM TO A LIFE OF
POVERTY BY CAPITAL, TO A WORLD OF PEACE, DEMOCRACY AND SOCIALISM.

Sorry for the capitals. I took it from their website...

The Socialist Workers' Party - http://www.swp.ie/html/home.htm

For a Worker's Republic and International Socialism. They are what
they seem to be, Socialists.

Last but most certainly not least:

Sinn Féin - http://www.sinnfein.ie/

Sinn Féin, the only all-Ireland party, is committed to achieving a
32-County democratic socialist republic and the end of British rule in
Ireland.

Sinn Féin is nationalist and internationalist. It is anti-imperialist,
anti-fascist and anti-racist.

Sinn Féin, a fresh alternative to the stale politics, corruption and
mismanagement of the Establishment parties, is committed to achieving
real change in Irish society. Sinn Féin is working to bring about an
end to the sectarian Six-County state.

Organised throughout the 32 Counties, it is a radical, campaigning,
activist party. It is dedicated to achieving a society free from
prejudice and discrimination, and providing justice and equal
opportunity for all in an independent Ireland.

I haven't included the Northern Parties. If you want information on
them, say so and I will include it.


Won't Djirkie be hurt that you're not promoting his litle nazi party in
ireland, Nazi boy?

Bertie

 
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