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Petrified Irish Times ‘Pol Corr’ Harry McGee

And say it anyway.

“It looks like the next Dáil will be settled by Independents. I don’t think the number will be quite the 52 that has been projected but I think they will almost have a seat in every constituency. And then people would have to think through the consequences of that. Like just what Shane Ross and others have been saying in the past week, they’ve been saying that they would dispense with the whip system which is a political popular thing to say.

But it means that, I mean, the reason for the whip system isn’t, they’re not just doing it for the health or the discipline of the party. They’re doing it because they have to ensure that when they’re making very tough decisions, when they’re doling out the tough medicine for everybody, that there has to be some discipline and they have to make sure that everybody is on board and if they were to throw the whip system open, as some Independents are doing, it would mean that you’d have a system where taxes would inevitably be cut and spending would be increased and you get the kind of most populist policies being projected and then, in relation to legislation, you’d have TDs subject to intense lobbying both from vested interests and also from their constituencies and you have situations that would conceivably lead to stagnation and paralysis.

There’s not really been any instance in Europe of a country in which and independent administration has been successful. The only place indeed it has worked is in very small instances. You’d have to go to Tahiti islands and other places to see that. So people would have to think through the consequences of what their vote will mean and if the figures that were projected this morning come to pass, I think it will lead to inherent instability and a general election being called in short order. We’ll have a 1981/1982 situation… when there were three elections held in the course of just a year and a half.”

Ah here.

Following the Ispos poll results in the Irish Times this morning, on Today with Seán O’Rourke, the newspaper’s political correspondent Harry McGee warns voters to “think through the consequences”.

Listen back in full here.

Earlier: Ispos Factos

Pic via YouTube



Also: Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and Labour’s Joan Burton are tied as the most popular political party leaders in the country.

* Almost 1,000 adults were questioned for the poll, which was carried out between October 21 and October 31.

Sinn Fein the most popular party in Ireland – new poll reveals (Irish Independent)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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Last night, Tonight with Vincent Browne held a debate between the candidates running in next week’s Dublin West by-election, following the resignation of Patrick Nulty.

After the debate, the results of a public poll asking if the Labour Party deserve to retain Mr Nulty’s seat were revealed..


Previously: Last Lap

Pic via Oireachtas Retort

Photo: Nicola BettsDamien writes:

So anyway, Toronto has opened up the voting for its newest park to the Interwebs and it just so happens that of the 5 options one is Corktown Common, as part of the area bordering the park is called Corktown after the many Irish immigrants who moved to this part of Toronto after the Famine. Now obviously I’m not suggesting any kind of concerted online campaign to have this option chosen but I’ll just leave this link here…

Name That Park

I suspect the fine people of Cork may think “Corktown Common” has a nicer ring to it than “Kings Reserve”