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Fianna Fáil Fail? /Updated

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2011

I’ve never followed Irish politics, but this election will matter, since whether Ireland goes along with the German extend and pretend model of ignoring financial crises away or whether it decides to screw the banks and tax the rich to prevent great suffering among working people may hang in the balance. Not that anything really radical is likely to happen. Ireland is far too deep in hock to the multinationals for that to happen.

Here it is, from right to left as I understand it:

Country clubbers/Christian Democrats: Fine Gael
Neo-liberals/corporate libertarians: Progressive Democrats (disbanded 2008)
The consensus party, center/right: Fianna Fáil
Center left: Labour
Left/nationalist: Sinn Féin
Left/environmentalist: Green

The current parliament has 70 from Fianna Fáil, 51 from Fine Gael, 20 from Labour, 6 from the Greens, and 5 from Sinn Féin.

John Murray Brown of the FT predicts a Fine Gael-Labour coalition, with Fine Gael taking around 40% of the vote. Fine Gael could win an outright majority.

So, at this stage, extend and pretend looks to win the day. Not a good omen.

Frank Schnittger of DK has more on the polling.
Update: From CMike in comments at Avedon’s Sideshow, a very interesting read by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair to get the flavor of how the Irish crisis developed.

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And in Other News…

Posted by MEC on March 27, 2007

I don’t expect that in the United States this item got anywhere the news coverage that the results of Anna Nicole Smith’s autopsy got, but really, it’s a Very Big Deal.

Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams had a face-to-face meeting on sharing power in Northern Ireland.

The picture of Belfast’s two commanding political figures, flanked by their senior lieutenants, carried a subliminal but unambiguous message: after 3,700 deaths the Troubles are over and real politics can begin.

The two warriors of the Troubles believe they can work together. The statements they delivered in the ornate surroundings of a Stormont dining-room were exquisitely crafted to avoid giving anyone offence.

The big news they contained was that Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party will be going into government together, launching a new era and underpinning the peace process with a political foundation.

While George W. Bush threatens to expand his warmongering into Iran, in Northern Ireland the Good Friday Accord bears fruit.

The Good Friday accord, in case your local news didn’t cover it, was a landmark agreement in 1998 brokered by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell under the auspices of President Bill Clinton.

The “immoral” president makes peace. The “man of God” makes war. Irony is dead.

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