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ILA Podcast, 9: Michael Pidgeon: Green Party, and Irish Election Manifesto Archive September 28, 2020

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In this episode we are joined by Michael Pidgeon. Michael is a long-standing member of the Green Party and was elected to Dublin City Council in the 2019 local elections for the South West Inner City Local Electoral Area. He is chair of the city’s environment and climate policy committee, and leader of the Green Party group on Dublin City Council.

Michael is also the creator of the Irish Election Manifesto Archive site, which hosts manifestos from Irish parties going back to the 1950s.

We’ll be talking first to Michael about his experience as an activist and then councillor with the Green Party, through electoral losses after their first period in government, to the recent resurgence in the 2019 local elections and 2020 general election.

We’ll also discuss the Irish Election Manifesto Archive project, and the role of party manifestos and how they have changed over time.


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1. NFB - September 30, 2020

Really enjoyed this one. There’s a discussion to be had on manifestos and whether the level of detail some go into is actually a benefit or not. During February for a blog post I remember going through every manifesto and looking to see what statements there were in relation to the FAI finances and potential bailouts. It seems like a very small-scale thing in terms of the overall political picture, but at the same time is a topic hugely relevant to a larger proposition of the population. But would it have gained any votes?

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2. irishelectionliterature - September 30, 2020

Enjoyed listening to that. Michael is great company.

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