Fine Gael (27.54%)
Fianna Fail (7.87%)
Sinn Fein (36.07%)
Green Party (3.93%)
Spoiled Vote (7.87%)
Wouldn't Vote (9.51%)
Under no circumstances will I ever vote for Sein Fein because ( in my opinion) they have absolutely no business in politics within the 26 counties. Also wouldn't want to vote for a party with historical / on going links tomorganized terrorism. Also hate Gerry
ok first off Im not a member of any party, I do lean strongly towards Sinn Fein, but who would you prefer to be our "leader"? a teacher from Mayo who had a 5 point plan (was that him fisting the Irish people? ) constantly contradicts himself, is made fun of by a french midget, speaks badly about his fellow countrymen in front of world media... or a man internationally recognised for having played a major part in bringing an end to a bloody war in our country negotiating with "enemies" and proving that we have moved on from the past and are trying to be a progressive independent nation
Shinners tend to be very aware internet wise, the Boards GE poll a good example, FG/FF under estimated, SF/Labour over estimated. Demographics of the site and the internet and all that.
Going on the last election, disillusioned FF voters went to FG, I'd say disillusioned Labour voters are going SF. This isn't a new phenomenon.
Remember Labour being the No.1 party about 18 months ago in a poll, and Gilmore got all uppity and headstrong based on 1 opinion poll, thinking he was taking over the world in pinkey and the brain style!?
Shinners keep saying it will be different, apparently "up here, as in the North, is completely different". Don't you be worrying your wee heads about coalitions and all all that nonsense, that's the Brits forcing stuff.
ok K-9, I will keep LOLing though, theres more polls than internet polls and boards polls that say the same thing.. SF in govt with FG would be explosive to the point of having to debate and compromise, maybe then WE the Irish people wont have to suffer too much longer, not under british rule, but our own failed govts
I jumped on the anti-FF bandwagon and look where it's got me -though I justify that decision by reminding myself that FF continuing in government would probably have ruined us. In reality, they're as bad as each other. At least the smaller parties, though being perceived as more "extreme" in views (SF/SP etc) stick to their guns.
FF and FG really havent changed from their 1922 origins - FF are so stubborn to get what they want that they fall asunder and cause chaos - they did it in 21, almost again in 1970, and pretty much for the last 20 years - and FG have a total lack of any backbone whatsoever and keel over to pressure from Europe, but amazingly not to pressure from the Irish people. How oddly reminiscent.
I feel it is a civic duty to vote rather than a democratic right. However I'm fast running out of trustworthy options. I have avoided ever voting SF thus far because I oppose their links with terrorism, however tenuous, it just didnt seem right. But I think come the next election, they really will be the only viable option. And as a result of this thinking, not just by me but by many, they could very easily see a role in government in the next election or the one after it.
What the country needs is a new political party. My political views would be largely in line with FF, but in practice their sheer ineptitude and corrupt backbone have coroded the basic principles into mush.
Just a couple of points on the bolded items:
1) Having accused the previous government of everything from disgraceful behaviour to economic treason do you not think it would have been incumbent on the government to advise the electorate PRIOR to the election that it intended to uphold and continue with this treasonous activity?
2) Given your almost obsessive preoccupation with the honouring of contracts and commitments undertaken by the previous government, could you tell me when FG/ Labour intend to honour the commitment given to the Irish Citizenry that 25% of all new housing would be set aside for social housing? With the size of NAMA's portfolio a good proportion of this contract could now be honoured, or is it only commitments/contracts, engaged in with (mostly) foreign big business that need to be honoured?
3) Could you explain whether Kevin Cardiff was promised his €276k p.a sweet deal in Europe, by the previous government, or whether, it was this government's idea to recommend him for a job he is plainly unfit and unsuited to hold given his prior position/performance in the DoF?
After all, most people are aware that FG find brown envelopes rather sordid, when plum jobs in Europe/semi-state bodies/banks are a far more "civilised" way of rewarding "party loyalty" and "service".
Does Fine Gael's campaign for change not sound revoltingly disingenuous even in your own ears now, given it's post-election adherence to virtually every FF policy. As for the cowardly way, it blames FF for it being obliged to pursue policies and actions it wants to follow anyway, well, that I simply find stomach-churning. You obviously don't.
I think you've nearly gathered my point, pretty close but as a poitical realist who has followed political history, both North and South, it will be SF trying to wag the dog as much as it can and FG will have huge internal difficulty with that tail.
The PD's and Alberts comments come to mind "this little temporary arrangement" come to mind. FG would only take on SF if they'd play a poodle and a well trained one at that.
SF face a huge task in the next election to gain a big amount of seats, they're like FF under Haughey, transfer toxic. FF/FG/Labour core voters aren't going to transfer to them which means they'll need 22/23% to break through the 20 seat barrier.
Labour could get 33 seats odd in 1992 with less votes, but transfer friendly. FG maybe a mathematical possibility but it maybe better SF ignore Govt. A FF/Lab/SF coalition would be a better bet.
and I would say you are not alone in your thinking sdeire, its just a pity it has taken these extremes to give SF a chance, if they get that chance and fcck up, I too will criticise them, like I hope every Irish person would (and should be doing with our present govt)
I would also be open to a new party, should they have ideals and policies in line with my own..
this cracks me up!! you think SF would bend over and take it up the political ass from FG..? if they do I will never vote for them again, they know that people see that and its not in their or the country's interest..
the time of FF FG LAB domination of Irish politics is coming to a close, as a lot of politicians say - we need a new Ireland, so lets change the policies and bullsh1t
SF wont be in Government then, LOL, so forget dictating terms! LOL Got to love a Shinners importance complex.
Taking it up the ass? Charming. SF is for gay rights you know?
Well as long as their focus is on the pressing issues of the day and not some irrelevant, historical wank…
Wouldn't vote because I don't see the point, they all seem the same.
I would'nt ever in a million years have thought of voting SF up until now but all these other guys are ruining the country. Labour in particular have been useless since they got in. I voted Labour last time but that is out of the question for any future election now.
For me a vote for SF would be a right kick up the arse for the political elites in this country and might just shake up the system in a way we need.
Sinn Fein in the lead in a boards.ie poll, not again, this is getting boring.
Back in the real world . . .
I will never under any circumstances vote Sinn Fein and anyone who would consider voting for a party with SF's history and connections needs to seriously rethink their ideas and beliefs.
I will vote FG as I am not as bitter as many and I can see that they are doing what they have to to get us out a situation that was not their fault, but that they were left to clean up when the cowards in FF ran.