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# 1 : Wednesday 16-12-2015 @ 11:27
 
 
So with a General Election approaching in the new year, what are your predictions?

A wipe out for Labour? Fine Gael holding on? Fianna Fail gaining seats? Sinn Fein continuing their rise in Irish politics? Independents gaining ground?

And what of the new political parties? The Social Democrats and Lucinda Creighton's Renua Ireland?

Are you even going to bother to vote?
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# 2 : Wednesday 16-12-2015 @ 12:15
 
 
I will probably vote for Mick Wallace because despite the tax issue, I agree with his exposes of Garda corruption and keeping an eye on NAMA and his being one of the view opponents of the Swedish model.

FGs policies benefit the elite for the most part. Unemployment b has fallen but they are counting those working for nothing in non activation schemes in the figures. If your in my region the recovery does not exist. Wexford county has suffered isolation from rail travel accept along the route to Dublin. Varadkar reportedly considered closing Wexford station which begs the question where is Brendan Howlin?

I think I voted FG lastv time and am very disillusioned at the broken promises like on introducing the Dutch model and concerned by the growing influence of Denis O Brien in the media, water metre installation etc. In Opposition FG play the ethical card on Tribunals but they have not implemented the recommendations of the Mahon tribunal.

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# 3 : Wednesday 16-12-2015 @ 12:23
 
 
Christmas isn't even over yet?
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# 4 : Friday 18-12-2015 @ 18:43
 
 
I'm warming to the Social Democrats. They are quite like Labour without all the baggage that Labour are burdened with. I very well might give them my vote in the '16 general election.
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# 5 : Friday 18-12-2015 @ 18:56
 
 
There is no difference between FF and FG except the latter has an urban liberal wing.a d FG are not as reckless with public spending.
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# 6 : Friday 18-12-2015 @ 18:59
 
 
Someone said :
There is no difference between FF and FG except the latter has an urban liberal wing.a d FG are not as reckless with public spending.

so there is a difference then, since those two exceptions are kind of big.
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# 7 : Friday 18-12-2015 @ 22:31
 
 
Independents for me,shinners are full of shit as are the right wing wastards.
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# 8 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 14:28
 
 
I'll be campaigning for my local labour candidate. I'm unsure where my 2nd and subsequent preferences will go yet. My SD candidate is more populist liberal than social democratic. I like the FG candidates and they are good politicians but I dont like FG as a party overall. FF choices are a slippery councillor or a D4 runner in. Shinner choice is appaling. Trots are worse. Renua might get my last preference. Indos - meh an ex ffer a, a crazy extreme anti choicer, an 80 year old who hasnt a hope.
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# 9 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 14:29
 
 
Someone said :
Independents for me,shinners are full of shit as are the right wing wastards.

I'm often amused at the perception independent = left wing
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# 10 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 14:43
 
 
Mango, I'm a blow-in so curious as to voting intentions. I note your reasons for how you place every party/independent - but not why you are supporting labour. From perception and listening to people I would think that labour have very much disappointed voters and are facing a wipeout. What do you think?
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# 11 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 15:59
 
 
Labour got 12 seats in 1987 on 7% of the vote, though now they have much more competition on their Left. But the Constitution links seat numbers to the total population of a constituency regardless of nationality, and this means Dublin is overrepresented as a percentage of the electorate. This will help them avoid wipe out in Dublin at least, where one poll a few weeks ago suggested they are doing better there than elsewhere. I think they will have a 1997 type election losing half their seats. They have annoyed their former working class base, and working class defectors from FF, with water charges they promised to block. That is why recent Irish Times poll shows thir remaining voters are more middle class.
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# 12 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 17:19
 
 
Someone said :
the Constitution links seat numbers to the total population of a constituency regardless of nationality

Or age. (But why mention that when it doesn't suit an agenda?)
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# 13 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 17:29
 
 
Someone said :

Or age. (But why mention that when it doesn't suit an agenda?)

The point I'm making is that this is not very common internationally, and it gives the cities an advantage in elections by overrepresenting them compared to vote share. It gives Labour a floor protecting them from a wipeout. We need to look again at whether this is democratic.

The system reminds me of how the disenfranchised Blacks in the American South were counted for apportioning seats in Congress in the Jim Crow period. Hardly a template we would want to emulate.
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# 14 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 18:07
 
 
Someone said :
The point I'm making is that this is not very common internationally, and it gives the cities an advantage in elections by overrepresenting them compared to vote share. It gives Labour a floor protecting them from a wipeout. We need to look again at whether this is democratic.

The system reminds me of how the disenfranchised Blacks in the American South were counted for apportioning seats in Congress in the Jim Crow period. Hardly a template we would want to emulate.

I see the point you are making, but knowing other European models I cannot see the validity of what you say. Democratic elections are based on popularity. Surely the Irish system is more democratic than say the U.K. system.
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# 15 : Saturday 19-12-2015 @ 18:39
 
 
Someone said :

I see the point you are making, but knowing other European models I cannot see the validity of what you say. Democratic elections are based on popularity. Surely the Irish system is more democratic than say the U.K. system.

But what sense is there in including people who can't vote in apportioning the seats?
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