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[[AC: Current Leader: Micheál Martin (TD, Cork South-Central). \\

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* '''Fine Gael''' ("finnuh gale"; "Tribe of Gaels/Family of the Irish") (50 [=TDs=], 19 Sen, 4 [=MEPs=], 234 local) is a right-of-centre Christian Democrat party espousing business interests and neoliberalism, although on account of their very Catholic focus, the neoliberalism is tempered by Catholic social teaching and the support for a public safety net that entails. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members supporting the Anglo-Irish Treaty who called themselves Cumann na nGaedhael ("Society of the Gaels"), who merged with the National Centre Party and the National Guard (the quasi-fascist "Blueshirts") to form Fine Gael in 1933. As of the 2016 election which produced a hung Dáil, currently governs as a minority administration by incorporating 8 Independent TDs into the Cabinet, and agreeing a confidence-and-supply agreement with Fianna Fáil.
* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (44 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 1 [=MEP=], 262 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen. They have however recovered to an extent in the 2016 elections, at least enough to produce a hung Dáil. Have an official presence in Northern Ireland, and thus are allowed to stand for local government there, but as of yet have never contested elections.

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* '''Fine Gael''' ("finnuh gale"; "Tribe of Gaels/Family of the Irish") Irish"): (50 [=TDs=], 19 Sen, 4 [=MEPs=], 234 local) is a local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Enda Kenny (TD, Mayo).]] \\
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right-of-centre Christian Democrat party espousing business interests and neoliberalism, although on account of their very Catholic focus, the neoliberalism is tempered by Catholic social teaching and the support for a public safety net that entails. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members supporting the Anglo-Irish Treaty who called themselves Cumann na nGaedhael ("Society of the Gaels"), who merged with the National Centre Party and the National Guard (the quasi-fascist "Blueshirts") to form Fine Gael in 1933. As of the 2016 election which produced a hung Dáil, currently governs as a minority administration by incorporating 8 Independent TDs into the Cabinet, and agreeing a confidence-and-supply agreement with Fianna Fáil.
Fáil.\\

* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (44 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 1 [=MEP=], 262 local) is a local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Micheál Martin (TD, Cork South-Central). \\
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right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen. They have however recovered to an extent in the 2016 elections, at least enough to produce a hung Dáil. Have an official presence in Northern Ireland, and thus are allowed to stand for local government there, but as of yet have never contested elections.\\



* '''Labour Party''' (''Páirtí an Lucht Oibre'') (7 [=TDs=], 5 Sen, 50 local) is a left-of-centre social democrat party. Affiliated with several trade unions, including Ireland's biggest union SIPTU. Founded in 1912, during the 1990's it absorbed several smaller socialist and social democrat parties including the Independent Socialist Party, the Democratic Socialist Party, and finally Democratic Left in 1999. Historically firm allies of Fine Gael--every Fine Gael government thus far has included Labour as either the sole or the largest junior coalition partner--despite their (theoretically) vast ideological differences; Fine Gael's social orientation tempers disagreements somewhat. Saw their vote catastrophically collapse at the 2016 election, most likely as backlash from their coalition with Fine Gael.

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* '''Labour Party''' (''Páirtí an Lucht Oibre'') (7 [=TDs=], 5 Sen, 50 local) is a local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Brendan Howlin (TD, Wexford)]]. \\
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left-of-centre social democrat party. Affiliated with several trade unions, including Ireland's biggest union SIPTU. Founded in 1912, during the 1990's it absorbed several smaller socialist and social democrat parties including the Independent Socialist Party, the Democratic Socialist Party, and finally Democratic Left in 1999. Historically firm allies of Fine Gael--every Fine Gael government thus far has included Labour as either the sole or the largest junior coalition partner--despite their (theoretically) vast ideological differences; Fine Gael's social orientation tempers disagreements somewhat. Saw their vote catastrophically collapse at the 2016 election, most likely as backlash from their coalition with Fine Gael.\\



* '''Sinn Féin''' ("shin fane"; "Ourselves"[[note]]Sometimes translated—inaccurately, if more poetically—as "ourselves alone." This is a translation you will see in some older works.[[/note]]) ([=RoI=]: 23 [=TDs=], 7 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 156 local; in [=NI=]: 4 [=MPs=],28 [=MLAs=], 1 MEP, 105 local) is a left-wing republican party with "close ties" to the Provisional IRA. They were historically the party that split off from the "original" Sinn Féin in 1970 when it changed its name to the Workers' Party (for which see below) and decided to participate in [=RoI=] electoral politics; they nevertheless began taking seats in the Republic (and later, the NI Assembly) starting in the early 1980s. With the reversal of the Greens' policy on the EU, Sinn Féin is now the only Eurosceptic political party in the country with representation in the Dáil. Had a remarkably good time of the 2011 elections, picking up nine seats and becoming the fourth-largest party in the Dáil.
* '''United Left Alliance''' (ULA; ''Comhaontas Aontaithe an Chlé''): left-wing alliance consisting of:
** The '''Socialist Party''' (''Páirtí Sóisialach'') (1 [=TD=], 1 [=MEP=], 6 local) is a {{Trotsky}}ist party with considerable support in North Dublin and a Member of the European Parliament.
** '''Workers and Unemployed Action Group''' (1 [=TD=], 1 local): mainly based in Co. Tipperary.
** '''People Before Profit Alliance''' (''Comhaontas na nDuine in aghaidh an Brabús'') (6 [=TDs=], 28 local) is an electoral coalition with five councillors sitting on the various local government bodies in Dublin. It consists almost entirely of members of the Socialist Workers Party.
* '''New Vision''': a loose grouping of reformist independents. (1 [=TD=])
* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (2 [=TDs=], 1 Sen, 12 local) is an environmentalist party, founded 1981. Until relatively recently it had a vocal eurosceptic wing but is now strongly pro-UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion. Had a ridiculously bad time of the 2011 elections; having been Fianna Fáil's coalition partners, they found themselves totally wiped out.

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* '''Sinn Féin''' ("shin fane"; "Ourselves"[[note]]Sometimes "We Ourselves"[[note]]Sometimes translated—inaccurately, if more poetically—as "ourselves alone." This is a translation you will see in some older works.[[/note]]) ([=RoI=]: 23 [=TDs=], 7 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 156 local; in [=NI=]: 4 [=MPs=],28 [=MPs=], 28 [=MLAs=], 1 MEP, 105 local) is a local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Gerry Adams (TD, Louth)]]. \\
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left-wing republican party with "close ties" to the Provisional IRA. They were historically the party that split off from the "original" Sinn Féin in 1970 when it changed its name to the Workers' Party (for which see below) and decided to participate in [=RoI=] electoral politics; they nevertheless began taking seats in the Republic (and later, the NI Assembly) starting in the early 1980s. With the reversal of the Greens' policy on the EU, Sinn Féin is now the only Eurosceptic political party in the country with representation in the Dáil. Dáil[[note]]Although it should be noted that they are also the most ''pro''-European party in the Northern Irish Assembly[[/note]]. Had a remarkably good time of the 2011 elections, picking up nine seats and becoming the fourth-largest party in the Dáil.
Dáil.\\

* '''United Left Alliance''' (ULA; ''Comhaontas Aontaithe an Chlé''): left-wing alliance consisting of:
** The '''Socialist Party''' (''Páirtí Sóisialach'') (1 [=TD=], 1 [=MEP=], 6 local) is a {{Trotsky}}ist party with considerable support in North Dublin and a Member of the European Parliament.
** '''Workers and Unemployed Action Group''' (1 [=TD=], 1 local): mainly based in Co. Tipperary.
** '''People
'''Anti Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit Alliance''' (''Comhaontas na nDuine in aghaidh an Brabús'') (6 Profit''' ([=RoI=]: 6 [=TDs=], 28 local) is an local; [=NI=]: 2 [=MLAs=][[note]]Standing only on a [=PBPA=] ticket, minus the [=AAA=].[[/note]]).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Collective.]] \\
An
electoral coalition with five councillors sitting on of two socialist parties - the various local government bodies in Dublin. It consists almost entirely of members of Anti-Austerity Alliance, and the Socialist Workers Party.
People Before Profit Alliance. [=PBPA=] also contest elections (without the AAA) in Northern Ireland.\\

* '''New Vision''': a loose grouping '''Independents 4 Change''' (4 [=TDs=], 1 local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: None, nominally Mick Wallace (TD, Wexford).]] \\
An alliance
of reformist independents. (1 [=TD=])
four formerly-Independent [=TDs=], registered as a political party. Policies are broadly left-wing.\\

* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (2 [=TDs=], 1 Sen, 12 local) is an local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Eamon Ryan (TD, Dublin South).]] \\
An
environmentalist party, founded 1981. Until relatively recently it had a vocal eurosceptic wing but is now strongly pro-UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion. Had a ridiculously bad time of the 2011 elections; having been Fianna Fáil's coalition partners, they found themselves totally wiped out.out, but have since regained two seats in the Dáil as of 2016.\\

* The '''Social Democrats''' (''Daonlathaigh Shóisialta'') (2 [=TDs=], 4 local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Catherine Murphy (TD, Kildare North) and Róisín Shortall (TD, Dublin North-West).]] \\
A new political party formed in 2015 by former independents. Broadly centre-left in policies.\\

* '''Workers and Unemployed Action Group''' (1 [=TD=], 1 local): mainly based in Co. Tipperary.\\

* '''Independent''' politicians play a large role in Irish politics, making up 19 [=TDs=] and 14 Sen, with 8 Independent [=TDs=] currently forming part of the Fine Gael-led minority government.\\

!!''Minor parties with no current national representation''
* '''New Vision''': a loose grouping of reformist independents.
* The '''Socialist Party''' (''Páirtí Sóisialach''): A {{Trotsky}}ist party with considerable support in North Dublin.



* '''Renua Ireland''' Ireland's newest party, a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=]. After much big talk before the 2016 election, [[EpicFail every sitting member lost their seat and not one new candidate was elected.]] Their only Oireachtas member is Lucinda Creighton's husband, who retains his Seanad seat from before the party's founding.

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* '''Renua Ireland''' One of Ireland's newest party, parties - a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=]. After much big talk before the 2016 election, [[EpicFail every sitting member lost their seat and not one new candidate was elected.]] Their only Oireachtas member is Lucinda Creighton's husband, who retains his Seanad seat from before the party's founding.



* Independent politicians play a large role in Irish politics, making up 18 [=TDs=] and 14 Sen.

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* Independent politicians play a large role in Irish politics, making up 18 [=TDs=] and 14 Sen.

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* '''Fine Gael''' ("finnuh gale"; "Tribe of Gaels/Family of the Irish") (69 [=TDs=], 18 Sen, 4 [=MEPs=], 558 local) is a right-of-centre Christian Democrat party espousing business interests and neoliberalism, although on account of their very Catholic focus, the neoliberalism is tempered by Catholic social teaching and the support for a public safety net that entails. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members supporting the Anglo-Irish Treaty who called themselves Cumann na nGaedhael ("Society of the Gaels"), who merged with the National Centre Party and the National Guard (the quasi-fascist "Blueshirts") to form Fine Gael in 1933.

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* '''Fine Gael''' ("finnuh gale"; "Tribe of Gaels/Family of the Irish") (69 (50 [=TDs=], 18 19 Sen, 4 [=MEPs=], 558 234 local) is a right-of-centre Christian Democrat party espousing business interests and neoliberalism, although on account of their very Catholic focus, the neoliberalism is tempered by Catholic social teaching and the support for a public safety net that entails. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members supporting the Anglo-Irish Treaty who called themselves Cumann na nGaedhael ("Society of the Gaels"), who merged with the National Centre Party and the National Guard (the quasi-fascist "Blueshirts") to form Fine Gael in 1933. As of the 2016 election which produced a hung Dáil, currently governs as a minority administration by incorporating 8 Independent TDs into the Cabinet, and agreeing a confidence-and-supply agreement with Fianna Fáil.
* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (44 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 1 [=MEP=], 262 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen. They have however recovered to an extent in the 2016 elections, at least enough to produce a hung Dáil. Have an official presence in Northern Ireland, and thus are allowed to stand for local government there, but as of yet have never contested elections.



* '''Labour Party''' (''Páirtí an Lucht Oibre'') (33 [=TDs=], 11 Sen, 2 [=MEPs=], 230 local) is a left-of-centre social democrat party. Affiliated with several trade unions, including Ireland's biggest union SIPTU. Founded in 1912, during the 1990's it absorbed several smaller socialist and social democrat parties including the Independent Socialist Party, the Democratic Socialist Party, and finally Democratic Left in 1999. Historically firm allies of Fine Gael--every Fine Gael government thus far has included Labour as either the sole or the largest junior coalition partner--despite their (theoretically) vast ideological differences; Fine Gael's social orientation tempers disagreements somewhat.
* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.

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* '''Labour Party''' (''Páirtí an Lucht Oibre'') (33 (7 [=TDs=], 11 5 Sen, 2 [=MEPs=], 230 50 local) is a left-of-centre social democrat party. Affiliated with several trade unions, including Ireland's biggest union SIPTU. Founded in 1912, during the 1990's it absorbed several smaller socialist and social democrat parties including the Independent Socialist Party, the Democratic Socialist Party, and finally Democratic Left in 1999. Historically firm allies of Fine Gael--every Fine Gael government thus far has included Labour as either the sole or the largest junior coalition partner--despite their (theoretically) vast ideological differences; Fine Gael's social orientation tempers disagreements somewhat.
* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get
somewhat. Saw their Republic through elections and internal reform of vote catastrophically collapse at the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous 2016 election, most likely as backlash from their coalition with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.Gael.



* '''Sinn Féin''' ("shin fane"; "Ourselves"[[note]]Sometimes translated—inaccurately, if more poetically—as "ourselves alone." This is a translation you will see in some older works.[[/note]]) ([=RoI=]: 14 [=TDs=], 3 Sen, 127 local; in [=NI=]: 5 [=MPs=], 29 [=MLAs=], 1 MEP, 138 local) is a left-wing republican party with "close ties" to the Provisional IRA. They were historically the party that split off from the "original" Sinn Féin in 1970 when it changed its name to the Workers' Party (for which see below) and decided to participate in [=RoI=] electoral politics; they nevertheless began taking seats in the Republic (and later, the NI Assembly) starting in the early 1980s. With the reversal of the Greens' policy on the EU, Sinn Féin is now the only Eurosceptic political party in the country with representation in the Dáil. Had a remarkably good time of the 2011 elections, picking up nine seats and becoming the fourth-largest party in the Dáil.

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* '''Sinn Féin''' ("shin fane"; "Ourselves"[[note]]Sometimes translated—inaccurately, if more poetically—as "ourselves alone." This is a translation you will see in some older works.[[/note]]) ([=RoI=]: 14 23 [=TDs=], 3 7 Sen, 127 3 [=MEPs=], 156 local; in [=NI=]: 5 [=MPs=], 29 4 [=MPs=],28 [=MLAs=], 1 MEP, 138 105 local) is a left-wing republican party with "close ties" to the Provisional IRA. They were historically the party that split off from the "original" Sinn Féin in 1970 when it changed its name to the Workers' Party (for which see below) and decided to participate in [=RoI=] electoral politics; they nevertheless began taking seats in the Republic (and later, the NI Assembly) starting in the early 1980s. With the reversal of the Greens' policy on the EU, Sinn Féin is now the only Eurosceptic political party in the country with representation in the Dáil. Had a remarkably good time of the 2011 elections, picking up nine seats and becoming the fourth-largest party in the Dáil.



** '''Workers and Unemployed Action Group''' (1 [=TD=], 7 local): mainly based in Co. Tipperary.
** '''People Before Profit Alliance''' (''Comhaontas na nDuine in aghaidh an Brabús'') (1 [=TD=], 4 local) is an electoral coalition with five councillors sitting on the various local government bodies in Dublin. It consists almost entirely of members of the Socialist Workers Party.

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** '''Workers and Unemployed Action Group''' (1 [=TD=], 7 1 local): mainly based in Co. Tipperary.
** '''People Before Profit Alliance''' (''Comhaontas na nDuine in aghaidh an Brabús'') (1 [=TD=], 4 (6 [=TDs=], 28 local) is an electoral coalition with five councillors sitting on the various local government bodies in Dublin. It consists almost entirely of members of the Socialist Workers Party.



* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (13 local) is an environmentalist party, founded 1981. Until relatively recently it had a vocal eurosceptic wing but is now strongly pro-UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion. Had a ridiculously bad time of the 2011 elections; having been Fianna Fáil's coalition partners, they found themselves totally wiped out.

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* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (13 (2 [=TDs=], 1 Sen, 12 local) is an environmentalist party, founded 1981. Until relatively recently it had a vocal eurosceptic wing but is now strongly pro-UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion. Had a ridiculously bad time of the 2011 elections; having been Fianna Fáil's coalition partners, they found themselves totally wiped out.



* '''South Kerry Independent Alliance''' (2 local): made up of ex-Labour Party members.

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* '''South Kerry Independent Alliance''' (2 (1 local): made up of ex-Labour Party members.



* Independent politicians play a large role in Irish politics, making up 27 [=TDs=], 13 Sen, and 2 [=MEPs=].

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* Independent politicians play a large role in Irish politics, making up 27 [=TDs=], 13 Sen, 18 [=TDs=] and 2 [=MEPs=].
14 Sen.
9th Apr '16 4:53:17 AM moloch
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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys', like with Eoghan Harris [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .

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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys', like with Eoghan Harris [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .
"wiffycode" and general cluelessness about common technology[[/labelnote]] .
9th Apr '16 4:50:35 AM moloch
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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys'. Notably, in the 2007 Seanad, Eoghan Harris was nominated having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election whilst Ivor Callely was nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007.

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*** 11 Senators are nominated by the Taoiseach, ensuring a comfortable government majority. Can lead to obvious 'jobs for the boys'. Notably, in the 2007 Seanad, boys', like with Eoghan Harris was [[labelnote:full story]] nominated after having made a heartfelt plea for Bertie Ahern's re-election as Taoiseach seven days before the election whilst election[[/labelnote]], Ivor Callely was [[labelnote:full story]] nominated despite a) receiving a free paint-job on his house from a business crony, b) losing a Dáil election in 2007 and c) losing a Seanad election in 2007.
2007[[/labelnote]] and Fidelma Healy-Eames [[labelnote: full story]] Has contested and lost ''four'' general elections in Galway, and become notorious as ''[[MemeticMutation Fidelma Freely-Memes]]" for a) claiming gay marriage would lead to the [[InsaneTrollLogic banning of Mother's Day]], a "fact" she got from an American holocaust-denier's website, b) hash-tagging her supportive comments of a Minister coming out with [[TotallyRadical #sexualorientation]] and c) asking for Leinster House's "wiffycode"[[/labelnote]] .
9th Apr '16 4:27:59 AM moloch
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* '''Renua Ireland''' (3 [=TDs=], 2 Senators, 3 local): Ireland's newest party, a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=].

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* '''Renua Ireland''' (3 [=TDs=], 2 Senators, 3 local): Ireland's newest party, a Fine Gael splinter party formed in 2015 by Lucinda Creighton and financial advisor/TV personality Eddie Hobbs. Broadly neo-liberal on economic issues and socially conservative, Creighton having been expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip with regard to the party's (vaguely) pro-abortion-in-life-or-death-circumstances stance. Roughly speaking, Fine Gael's [=PDs=]. After much big talk before the 2016 election, [[EpicFail every sitting member lost their seat and not one new candidate was elected.]] Their only Oireachtas member is Lucinda Creighton's husband, who retains his Seanad seat from before the party's founding.
30th Nov '15 10:05:50 AM FF32
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* It also states that ''"all powers of government derive, under God, from the people"'', another one for RichardDawkins to get at.

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* It also states that ''"all powers of government derive, under God, from the people"'', another one for RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins to get at.
12th Nov '15 5:34:12 AM karstovich2
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The Constitution of Ireland (''Bunreacht na hÉireann'') is composed of a Preamble and fifty Articles. It can only be changed by referendum (a vote of all adult citizens), and it has been changed twenty-four times since its adoption in 1937. Oddities and controversies in the constitution include:

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The Constitution of Ireland (''Bunreacht na hÉireann'') is composed of a Preamble and fifty Articles. It can only be changed by referendum (a vote of all adult citizens), and it has been changed twenty-four thirty-three times since its adoption in 1937. Oddities and controversies in the constitution include:



* LGBT activists protest that Article 41.3.1˚ states that ''"The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the Family is founded"'', which impinges the rights of same-sex unions. It also affects men's rights, such as ''State (Nicolaou) v. An Bord Uchtála'' which judged that an unmarried father could not prevent his child's mother from placing their child for adoption, as they were not a 'Family'.

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* LGBT activists protest that Article 41.3.1˚ states that ''"The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage, on which the Family is founded"'', which impinges the rights of same-sex unions.unions; this issue is now moot after the passage of the Thirty-Fourth Amendment formally establishing that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples have a right to marry (don't ask how there have been thirty-three amendments and this one is the thirty-fourth). It also affects men's rights, such as ''State (Nicolaou) v. An Bord Uchtála'' which judged that an unmarried father could not prevent his child's mother from placing their child for adoption, as they were not a 'Family'.
30th Oct '15 11:49:57 AM Josef5678
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* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.

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* '''Fianna Fáil''' ("fee-anna fawl"; "Warriors of Ireland") (19 [=TDs=], 14 Sen, 3 [=MEPs=], 406 local) is a right-wing populist republican party which has ruled the country for most of its existence; it was most recently in power from June 1997 to March 2011. Historically drawn from Sinn Féin members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, who were nevertheless pragmatic enough to realize they'd been beaten in the Civil War and would have to get their Republic through elections and internal reform of the Free State (this was Éamon de Valera's strategy, and FF is his party). In modern times FF has become synonymous with the corrupt élite who had an all-too-close relationship with property developers and senior bankers, fuelling the implosion of the Irish property bubble and the near-collapse of the State. [[IncrediblyLamePun Jokes about "fail"]] are understandably rather common (if memory serves, even ''TheEconomist'' ''Magazine/TheEconomist'' has gotten in on the action). Their loss to Fine Gael in the 2011 election was not only the biggest in party history, but the worst ever in Irish politics and among the worst in Europe - they lost ''fifty-seven'' seats, beating the previous record of just fifteen.
2nd Oct '15 7:50:38 AM moloch
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There are county councils representing the 26 traditional counties, except that County Dublin is divided into Fingal County, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and South Dublin County; County Tipperary is split into South and North; and the cities of Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford are administrated separately to their counties.

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There are county councils representing the 26 traditional counties, except that County Dublin is divided into Fingal County, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and South Dublin County; County Tipperary is was split into South and North; North Ridings until 2014; and the cities of Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford are administrated separately to their counties.
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