This government has a record of economic and social disaster, of corruption, and of slavish kowtowing to the Pentagon on torture flights at Shannon airport, to multinational corporations like Shell threatening to pollute western Ireland, and to International Monetary Fund and European Union top bureaucrats.
Due to the complex vote counting system in Ireland, all results are not in yet.
So far, Sinn Fein, critics of pro-capitalist policies from the Left, have won thirteen seats. That is just one seat less than the biggest party in the government coalition, Fianna Fáil. The Green Party, the junior coalition partners, who had sold out all their ecological principles for cushy government jobs, have not won any seats at all so far and maybe will not have any seats at all.
The Labour Party, who also had some Leftish criticisms of the government though in a lukewarm wishy-washy way, have the best result in their party history, with so far 28 seats. Maybe they will now form a coalition with the centre Right Fine Gael party.
If that happens, one may expect more pro capitalist policies. Those will face opposition from workers, and in the Dáil, the Parliament, from Sinn Fein, and from the United Left Alliance, who went from zero to at least three seats.
- Fianna Fáil and Abortion (cedarlounge.wordpress.com)
- Polls differ on plight of Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein as Fine Gael popularity remains intact (irishcentral.com)
- Sinn Féin weighs coalition prospects ahead of Rising’s centenary (irishtimes.com)
- Survey shows 300,000 people have emigrated from Ireland in past four years (thepressnet.com)