So much news – Farewell Minister Shatter, and a new poll… May 7, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
A bit relentless the news at the moment but anyhow…
Never good for a government to lose a Minister, but to lose one in the midst of a local and European election campaign is perhaps catastrophic. I have to be honest, when I read that the Data Protection Commissioner had said the former Minister had broken the law it struck me he couldn’t last. And yet, and yet, again the Government stood by someone it couldn’t possibly sustain their support for. We saw something similar with the Garda Commissioner. In a way this exacerbates the problematic aspects of the original issue, though granted it was quicker this time.
A very dour looking Enda Kenny taking Leader’s Questions this afternoon, as well he should be.
By the way, a thought. Shatter for all his flaws was genuinely – and I use the term advisedly – reforming. Who replaces him will be very telling as regards indicating the centre of political gravity in the government.
Fine Gael 25 (-1)
Labour 11 (+2)
Fianna Fail 21 (-1)
Sinn Fein 18 (-3)
Independents 25 (+3)
Look at the FG figure there. A continuing decline, as Pat Leahy notes, across the year.
Labour is up a bit, could be margin of error. SF down a bit (and taken when the situation was at the height of Adams affair that could be much worse – where they will be in the next poll will also tell us a lot. Fiann Fáil still not making the impact and the Independents riding high. And after today’s news perhaps higher still.
A lot of talk about the social democratic and far left in comments today, the poll above has to give comfort to both those areas.