Irish Parties 2011

In the first election since the controversial bank bailout, Labour can be expected to do extraordinarily well. The most likely outcome for Ireland’s mercurial main parties is a Fine Gael/Labour coalition, with Fianna Fáil probably receiving the biggest hammering of its life. Ironically, Fine Gael — historically more pro-business — is likely to prove even more accommodating of banking interests. In any event all three parties — and even the Greens — are committed to complying with IMF and EU strictures concerning banks and bond markets.

The lingering economic influence of the Progressive Democrats - no longer part of the political landscape - can be seen in the main parties’ increased acceptance of neo-liberalism, to a greater or lesser degree.

The left is expected to do comparatively well in the present political climate, with a loosely constructed alliance of progressive parties comprising also disenchanted voters from the left flanks of Labour and Fianna Fáil.

Irish political parties 2011 including Sin Féin, Socialist, Green, Labour, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil

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