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An electoral dog-whistle? May 23, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Seems Fine Gael getting a bit antsy about working at local level with Sinn Féin – perhaps this is a dog whistle to/for its base for the election.

Fine Gael has instructed its councillors not to enter into any pacts with Sinn Féin on local authorities after the local elections this Friday.
Tom Curran, the party’s general secretary, is sending a note to the chairs and whips of Fine Gael groups on every local authority outlining the policy and enclosing the Fine Gael code of conduct.
Mr Curran’s email says that “entering into powersharing with Sinn Féin is not allowed except where the D’Hondt system or a similar powersharing arrangement is already in place”.

Note that one exception:

Party sources said this meant Fine Gael would not co-operate with Sinn Féin unless there was an agreement on any local authority that all parties and Independents on the council would work together. Cork County Council, for example, has operated the D’Hondt system of powersharing.

Be interesting to see how closely adhered to it is subsequent to the elections:


1. irishelectionliterature - May 23, 2019

The “Vote for me or Sinn Féin will get in” FG leaflets have started already too.
It seems that FG have just become entrenched trying to appeal to their base.


2. FG - May 23, 2019

This from the party that supported Victor Órban for so long in the EPP.

Nuff said.


3. 1729Torus - May 23, 2019

Are FG really so stupid to try to stop SF using the same tactics as the Unionist parties and Cumman Na nGaedhael?

Of course they are, when have FG been anything other arrogant rightwing morons?


WorldbyStorm - May 23, 2019

Agreed – it’s no surprise


4. Paul Culloty - May 23, 2019

Leo’s just retweeted a Stephen Collins article comparing McDonald to Farage:


WorldbyStorm - May 23, 2019

That is beyond question one of Collins worst and that is saying something


5. Paul Culloty - May 23, 2019

Mind you, Paul Murphy has also let himself down, choosing to target SDs and Greens for attack:

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - May 23, 2019

Its a ticklish one. On past form, the prophecy could be true. It is another matter whether it is tactically correct to make it public, considering the need for some sort of left vote crossover, .
At the very least, there should have been negotiations for that within the broader left. Maybe next time.


gypsybhoy69 - May 24, 2019

But if the left wing technical group can’t even negotiate what chance anybody else.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - May 24, 2019

Just keep talking. They may learn something.


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