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Winds of change blow across Irish political landscape

Irish voters have an array of choices which they can avail of courtesy of the proportional representation voting system.


By Irish Echo Staff

Ireland’s general election tomorrow is being heralded in advance as a “change election” an assessment which would imply political winds of change leading to a change in government.

One things for certain is that there will be wind, a lot of it along the western seaboard in particular courtesy of a weather system dubbed “Storm Ciara.”

Voters in some counties, most especially Galway, Mayo and Donegal, will have to contend with gale force winds as they make their way to the polling centers.

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And the opinion polls are showing that “gale force” might be the more operative term than “gael force” as the governing party, Fine Gael, is facing an uphill battle to hold on to power.

Looking stronger in the polls than Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s party are Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin with the latter actually facing the possibility of finally being in a position to take part in government - perhaps with the former.

If nothing else, the bookies are reportedly betting on this combination.

Much will depend on the transfer of votes in the Republic’s proportional election system.

No one party is likely to emerge with enough Dáil seats to form a single party and unsupported administration.

As in the past then, smaller parties and independent members could have a say in whatever government emerges in the days ahead – this if there is a failure on the part of two of the big three parties to reach a deal.