Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, February 27th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 41 Comments
Political parties fall all the time but they seldom fall this far:
Ireland’s most dominant political party, Fianna Fáil, is on the road to a historic and devastating defeat in the republic’s general election.
Just months after accepting an EU/IMF bailout, the government is likely to finish in fourth place behind a resurgent Labour party and a slew of independent candidates.
The scale of Fianna Fáil’s losses is so great that a number of high-profile ministers, including finance minister Brian Lenihan, who negotiated the bailout, are in danger of losing their seats. His outgoing ministerial colleague Mary Hanafin also faces the possibility of being unseated in her Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown constituency.
Hopefully, the MCJ’s Ireland bureau chief will be along to explain what this election means for Ireland. For my part, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to use that title for a post.