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17th Sep '17 11:59:28 AM LordKeane
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'''Party''': Labour Party

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'''Party''': Labour Party & Workers' Party
14th Jun '17 5:27:05 AM Karl304
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* Leo Varadkar (FG)



[[AC: Current Leader: Enda Kenny (TD, Mayo).]] \\

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[[AC: Current Leader: Enda Kenny Leo Varadkar (TD, Mayo).Dublin West).]] \\
13th Dec '16 8:55:55 AM moloch
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Mary Robinson (b 1944) was the seventh president and notable for two things: being the first woman to hold the office; and being the first person since Douglas Hyde to be from a party other than Fianna Fáil. Seen as a surprise winner of the election for many, since Brian Lenihan Sr (father of the minister with the same name) had been leading the polls all along. She actually got less first preference votes than Lenihan but under Ireland's election method, when the third candidate Austin Currie (from Fine Gael) was eliminated, his second preferences for Robinson were more than those of Lenihan's, thus winning her the election (yes, it's complicated and most Irish people don't even have a good idea how this works!). She served one term, during which she was known for her liberal views on issues such as immigration and the death penalty in the US. After her presidency, she has continued to be involved in human rights issues. She is also known for being caricatured by David [=McSavage=] on ''Series/TheSavageEye'' as "Ireland's President for Life", and her election being a major background element of the first series of Series/MooneBoy.

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Mary Robinson (b 1944) was the seventh president and notable for two things: being the first woman to hold the office; and being the first person since Douglas Hyde to be from a party other than Fianna Fáil. Seen as a surprise winner of the election for many, since Brian Lenihan Sr (father of the minister with the same name) had been leading the polls all along. She actually got less first preference votes than Lenihan but under Ireland's election method, when the third candidate Austin Currie (from Fine Gael) was eliminated, his second preferences for Robinson were more than those of Lenihan's, thus winning her the election (yes, it's complicated and most Irish people don't even have a good idea how this works!). She served one term, during which she was known for her liberal views on issues such as immigration and the death penalty in the US. After her presidency, she has continued to be involved in human rights issues. She is also known for being caricatured by David [=McSavage=] on ''Series/TheSavageEye'' as "Ireland's President for Life", and her election being a major background element of the first series of Series/MooneBoy.''Series/MooneBoy''.
13th Dec '16 8:51:32 AM moloch
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2nd Dec '16 11:33:04 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Killinaskully}}''

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* ''{{Killinaskully}}''''Series/{{Killinaskully}}''
25th Nov '16 12:45:30 AM oftheborough
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* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (2 [=TDs=], 1 Sen, 12 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, but have since regained two seats in the Dáil as of 2016.\\

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* The '''Green Party''' (''Comhaontas Glas'') (2 [=TDs=], 1 Sen, 2 [=MLAs=], 12 local).\\
[[AC: Current Leader: Eamon Ryan (TD, Dublin Bay South).]] \\
An environmentalist party, founded in 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, but have since regained two seats in the Dáil as of 2016.\\
8th Sep '16 5:53:49 AM Karl304
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[[AC: Current Leader: Micheál Martin (TD, Cork South-Central). \\

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[[AC: Current Leader: Micheál Martin (TD, Cork South-Central). ]] \\
8th Sep '16 5:52:47 AM Karl304
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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).]] \\
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.
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)]]. \\
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.\\



* '''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)]]. \\
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. 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.
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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]] .
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