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    The 2016 Irish election is over!

    Fianna Fáil says mortgage deposit for house should be 10%
    Michael McGrath: 20% would ‘put home ownership beyond vast number of individuals’


    Amazing how, in one statement, a party can show a total lack of understanding regarding macro-economics, debt leverage, market equilibrium, 21st century Irish history and their own electoral collapse.

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      The 2016 Irish election is over!

      Dáil to recognise Palestine.

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        The 2016 Irish election is over!

        The concrete barriers being erected around Kildare Street for today's protest are being supplied by none other than Siteserv, a company owned by Denis O'Brien.

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          The 2016 Irish election is over!

          We finally have a new party, but in an unexpected twist, it's effectively Clann na Talmhan reborn. Fitzmaurice claims to have a slate of 25 candidates, and with pylons, bogs, post offices and wind turbines on the agenda, could our "urban planners" (Ross and Creighton) be forced to hitch up to the "Rural Party" vehicle?

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            The 2016 Irish election is over!

            The gay marriage referendum will be held in May - might be best not to turn on the TV for the next five months to avoid the inevitable slanging matches.

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              The 2016 Irish election is over!

              No fewer than three opinion polls tonight, so to summarise:

              Labour averaging a new low of 5%, while FF are flatlining on 18.

              FG down in two, and at 21-24% overall.
              SF up in two, at same mark.

              Indos still ruling roost on 30-34%.

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                The 2016 Irish election is over!

                Seats:

                Others 49
                FG 41
                SF 36
                FF 32
                Lab 0

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                  The 2016 Irish election is over!

                  This column gives a clue as to one of the many reasons why people are deserting Fine Gael in their droves:

                  http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/gene-kerrigan/is-this-really-enda-kennys-idea-of-how-to-man-up-30852845.html

                  Compensation capped at 84 grand, by the crowd who want to privatise the water supply.

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                    The 2016 Irish election is over!

                    The new rural party has a provisional title of Tua Nua - the coming months and years will determine whether it, indeed, proves to be a wonderful thing.

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                      The 2016 Irish election is over!

                      The Regressive Democrats have finally launched, no TD besides Lucinda herself hardly augurs well.

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                        The 2016 Irish election is over!

                        Creighton performed a shameless flip-flop on the issue of same sex marriage at the press conference. That must have been quite some wrestle with her conscience.

                        Eddie Hobbs, her supporting act, refused to say whether or not he would run for the Dáil at the next election. What is the point of these people, other than to annoy us?

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                          The 2016 Irish election is over!

                          So when is this election then?

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                            The 2016 Irish election is over!

                            Eddie Hobbs is also behind the "Our Own Oil" bullshit movement, questioning why the Irish government isn't milking oil companies like Norway does. (Answer: Because Norway is has loads of the stuff.)

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                              The 2016 Irish election is over!

                              TonTon wrote: So when is this election then?
                              Nice to see you!

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                                The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                Yo!

                                There is no date for an election, and it doesn't have to be in 2015.

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                                  The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                  Antonio Pulisao wrote: Eddie Hobbs is also behind the "Our Own Oil" bullshit movement, questioning why the Irish government isn't milking oil companies like Norway does. (Answer: Because Norway is has loads of the stuff.)
                                  Just looked this up. Glad you were around to save me believing a load of nonsense.

                                  Though I would probably have clocked that the terms can't be that generous, or else the oil would have all gone.

                                  I see he was one of those "terrible inflation is coming" sorts.

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                                    The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                    TonTon wrote: Yo!

                                    There is no date for an election, and it doesn't have to be in 2015.
                                    The election has to happen by February 2016. The government will almost certainly not fall between now and then, because its Dáil majority is huge.

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                                      The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                      TonTon wrote: So when is this election then?
                                      Great to see you back, TonTon! When I started the thread, Labour were starting their current meltdown, so early spring seemed a likely election period at the time. I'm still unconvinced they'll agree another budget, though September now seems the earliest one would be held.

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                                        The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                        Yo!

                                        Your Labour Party might even be worse than ours.

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                                          The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                          Ours is better than Spain's.

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                                            The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                            Though that depends if you count Podemos.

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                                              The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                              I'm not sure I'd count anyone in Spain as "the Labour Party", but I assume you meant PSOE rather than anyone on the left.

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                                                The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                                Yes, I meant them.

                                                Spain came to mind as having a Right who are even worse than ours.

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                                                  The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                                  Somehow, can't imagine Enda losing his seat - the same "pundit" predicted Adams would struggle in Louth, before he promptly topped the poll!

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                                                    The 2016 Irish election is over!

                                                    Diable Rouge wrote: Somehow, can't imagine Enda losing his seat - the same "pundit" predicted Adams would struggle in Louth, before he promptly topped the poll!
                                                    Is he regarded as "prime ministerial"?

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