Lock Of The Irish


Above back row from left: Gary Gannon, Anne-Marie McNally, Tara Deasy, Paul Muville, Rob Hunter, Rory Traynor. Front row: Sarah-Jane Hennelly, Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy, Patricia O’Dwyer, Jennifer Whitmore, Carly Rae-Bailey

This morning.

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Róisín Shortall TD (top left) and Social Democrat party co-leader, Catherine Murphy TD (top right) with party councillors and spokespeople gathered for the SocDems Think In.

The theme ‘The Locked Out generation’ refers to young people and families in their twenties and thirties unable to secure proper homes. The party advocates a use it or lose it police for land hoarders.

Ms Murphy said:

“It can’t be business as usual. It has to be a war office-type approach to the area of homelessness.”

Of a possible role in a future coalition, Ms Shorthall said.

We want to be in Government. We want to be working with other parties in order to change the direction of this country. So we’re not in the business of ruling people in or ruling people out,”


Social Democrats ‘very anxious’ to be in government (Irish Times)

Leah Farrell/Rolling news

13 thoughts on “Lock Of The Irish

  1. Harry Molloy

    Very positive from Ms Shorthall to say they are actively seeking to work with others to be in government. The mark of a party that truly want to make a difference.

    1. Zaccone

      Wasn’t the SocDems split largely a result of the remaining 2 TDs not wanting to go into government 18 months ago? Its a shame she couldn’t reach this same conclusion then, they would have done more good than Shane Ross et al. …and also probably wouldn’t have splintered the party into irrelevance, in addition.

      1. Harry Molloy

        Yeah you’re right, and it was a shame for them as they could have had a lot more influence in this coalition, they might not have the opportunity to hold as much power in the next

  2. Milo

    Imagine the meeting where they came up with that idea. High gives. Let’s get an edgy graphic, a photocall and we’re back baby! Stephen who?? The irrelevance is only dripping off them.

  3. Gearóid

    They need a hashtag. It’s nothing without the hashtag.
    Here, I will get the ball rolling:


  4. Dave

    Labour 2.0 – sort of like the Labour party for slow learners. “Lets rush into government and abandon our supposed principle, what couls possibly go wrong?”

  5. MoyestWithExcitement

    They need to stay away from any coalition until they’re the lead party. The reasons they didn’t do it last time still apply.

  6. Joe

    I infer from the last photo that you can now by a dozen politicians in a nice purple box. Handy for picnics etc.

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