WILL THE SUCCESS OF THE LEFT BRING DIFFERENCE TO THE DÁIL?

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With the likelihood of a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition leading the government after the general election.

It leaves an opening for left wing parties to be in opposition. 40 per cent of Dáil seats now belong to Sinn Féin, Independents and smaller parties such as the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit.

Never before have left wing parties had such potential to voice issues as the main opposition.

John Halligan of the Independence Alliance about the FG/FG partnership, “would be beneficial to politics in Ireland”,

He continued to say “There’s no discernible difference between the two of them,” and that on the left wing of politics, “there’s not many differences between us”.

One of the biggest political movements in recent years has been the anti water charges demonstrations throughout the country.

The Right2Change group, was formed to oppose Irish Water and is a movement supported by many, if not all left-wing parties, and should be used to united the left.

After being elected, Ruth Coppinger from the AAA/PBP said “they would build a real left to replace the labour Party.”

Social Democrat Leader Catherine Murphy, said “Our natural inclination will be to build alliances towards developing positive outcomes on things like housing and health,”

A FG/FF coalition would demonstrate that there are little differences between the oldest political parties in Ireland in terms of policies.

While a united left would be interesting to see in opposition, and could become a serious contender in five years time if

John Halligan “We’re going to need stability for the sake of the country and it’s going to be up to everybody.”

By Jordan Kavanagh and Jamie Concannon

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