Fine Gael… not quite a mass party… February 27, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
It is believed Fine Gael has about 24,000 party members, with 2,000 in Dublin. The remainder are based in clusters around the country, such as Mayo, Sligo, Cavan, and Longford-Westmeath. TDs in those constituencies would be expected to influence their own members such as if, for example, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys declared for Varadkar. Longford-Westmeath’s Peter Burke is understood to favour Varadkar.
Small isn’t it? One would have to wonder if those ‘clusters’ see higher numbers what is it like in areas with fewer numbers? How few, indeed, might there be in some constituencies, even with sitting TDs?
And what is the picture like for Fianna Fáil?
These aren’t academic questions. The base a political party can call upon at election time is absolutely crucial to its continued political survival.