Fine Gael held on to the seat. Low turn out which causes the political overclass “too posh to voteTompkins think that None of the Above or Apathy won.
Alas it was Fine Gael…the Blueshirts. You couldn’t love them if you reared them.
Sinn Fein did no more than ok …no breakthrough…except they have now become the leading left wing party in the Republic of Ireland. They came third. And a credible day out for Direct Democracy Ireland…although they appear to be little more than anti-European and to the right. They came fourth.
But a good day out for Fianna Fáil who came a good second …just two years after the melt down of 2011. They are helped by three things…all of the worst elements of cute hopoloitics were culled in 2011..Micheal Martin is a patently decent man…and the working class have deserted Labour. Journalists who are of course great believers in their own moral superiority hate Fianna Fáil. To the cultured elite in Dublin 4…and there is nothing more cultured than a Dublin West Brit journo ….FF represents everything that is wrong with Ireland. So of course the Dublin media and bloggers will be mortified that the public are turning once again to the go been men. Fianna Fáil were supposed to be unelectable for generations.
But what about Labour? Well…I am a good socialist so I should LIKE Labour. On the other hand I am a good socialist and despise their Workers Party/Democratic Left/Official Sticky careerist entryist leadership like the obnoxious Gilmore and Rabbitte. All of a sudden it is Labour who face the wrath of their electorate who will go to Sinn Fein, Fianna Fáil or the maverick socialists. Labour finished fifth and they deserve the humiliation.
They brought it on themselves. They might like to think that their presence in coalition with red-fanged Blueshirts mitigates the pain of austerity for the working class. Actually they are seen as providing cover for the worst elements of unrestrained Fine Gael.
Lets be honest …Fine Gael will get no flak from their own core voters for acting like…Fine Gael. But Labour can expect flak for NOT acting like Labour. Except of course this is EXACTLY how Labour acts in government. Having gained strength on Opposition benches and making elaborate promises, they get to a junior coalition partner and get hammered at the next election.
They will take a hammering next time…and go back to the Dail as a rump. And in ten years time they will be back in government again …as a junior partner. Thats how they are.