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Another blow for The Social Democrats March 27, 2017

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Another blow to The Social Democrats with word that Party Chair Glenna Lynch has resigned from The Party
So what now? Two TD’s and five Councillors although Gerry Warnock in Longford is listed as an Independent. The others being Jennifer Whitmore in Wicklow, Joe Harris in Cork , Gary Gannon in Dublin and Cian O’Callaghan in Fingal.
The other thing that is strange is that there are no Councillors in Kildare , this despite a number of Councillors having had Catherine Murphy prominent on the Election literature and canvassing for them.
You’d wonder when the tipping point is? and if they will regret (Like I’m sure Renua do) not forming before the 2014 Local Elections where they could have built a stronger base of Councillors.
The next election is vital for them, just one extra TD would make a huge difference to them, otherwise when either of the two current SD TD’s retire is there really a future for them?

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1. murf - March 27, 2017

I also find myself wondering what exactly the point of them is. What do they represent that isn’t already to be found in other parties? Is the plan to be a slightly less spineless LP, who will demand a few more crumbs that Howlin in order to prop up FG or FF?

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2. Aengus Millen - March 27, 2017

I agree that the next election is key but the prospects look dim. I have to say while from a lefty prospective I take murf’s comments onboard I do think there is a place for a party between right-wing FG-FF-Labour and Socialist SF-AAAPBP (even if people question SF). I have a cousin who comes from a family of blue shirts who can’t see himself voting for the shinners or for AAAPBP but who would vote for the social democrats. So if nothing else they serve as a sort of halfway house on the way to more left-wing parties.

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3. sonofstan - March 27, 2017

I think Gary Gannon has a decent chance of coming through the middle in DC, especially if the election comes after a possible redraw of the boundaries and an extra seat

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WorldbyStorm - March 27, 2017

Very possibly.

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4. roddy - March 27, 2017

I read some SD members tweets and find them to be more SF friendly than Labour.

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WorldbyStorm - March 27, 2017

The Phoenix suggested something similar last week. That the membership are a lot less hostile to SF than some of their reps.

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