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    General Election 2015/2016

    With rumours of an election later this year and it appearing on multiple threads, probably an idea to have a single thread.

    Will there be an election later this year or will the Government go the full term?

    What impact will retirements have? Labour will lose some of their heavy hitters.

    Do Sinn Fein have the candidates locally to get the gains that the opinion polls have consistently given them?

    Will Fianna Fáil continue to decline or will they see modest gains?

    Will Fianna Fáil get a seat in Dublin?

    What about the independent vote? What are the single issues?

    Will the former govt TDs regain their seats as independents?

    What about the impact of the inquiry into IBRC? Will this play a role?

    Is the Irish Water debacle finally over or can it damage the government further?

    Will the people of North Tipperary continue their undying love for Michael Lowry?

    Will Paul O'Connell be in Ireland to vote?

    Answers on a postcard....

    #2
    The inquiry into the IBRC is probably a tactic to put it sub judice for the duration of the GE campaign

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      #3
      Tipp is all the one Constituency next time.

      Lowry might get it harder to impress the South Tipps having got all the goodies for North Tipp over the years.
      Last edited by Piquet; 5th-June-2015, 07:29. Reason: My 'Phone Autocorrect had "Lowry" as "Lower" . hmmmm.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Piquet View Post
        Tipp is all the one Constituency next time.

        Lowry might get it harder to impress the South Tipps having got all the goodies for North Tipp over the years.
        The people of Tipp will have a straight choice between the likes of Lowry and Mattie McGrath. The quintessential quandary.
        The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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          #5
          It's looking like a 'give away' budget and snap GE soon after.

          All hands to the parish pump!
          The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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            #6
            Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
            It's looking like a 'give away' budget and snap GE soon after.

            All hands to the parish pump!
            Let's not forget that Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have pledged to abolish Water Charges and USC. By comparison, the government are behaving quite soberly, though hardly responsibly.

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              #7
              The same ZanuFF that started the process about water charges? Holy populist propaganda Batman!
              The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                #8
                Where have FF said they would abolish the USC, must have missed that. Have they detailed how they would make up the significant shortfall in tax revenues?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Viigand View Post
                  Where have FF said they would abolish the USC, must have missed that. Have they detailed how they would make up the significant shortfall in tax revenues?
                  http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...er-327157.html

                  Terms and conditions apply

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                    #10
                    Govt are preparing to blow €2,5bn to buy the election Bertie-style. so there's likely to be a giveaway budget in December and an election called for early in the New Year as the effects of that budget work through. The poll numbers are improving all the time, even for Labour, albeit from a historic low.

                    The only worries on the horizon for the Govt are what happens in Ireland & the eurozone if Greece defaults - as seems increasingly likely? The other is interest rates. An interest rate rise would push a lot of struggling people over the edge.
                    Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rathbaner View Post
                      Govt are preparing to blow €2,5bn to buy the election Bertie-style. so there's likely to be a giveaway budget in December and an election called for early in the New Year as the effects of that budget work through. The poll numbers are improving all the time, even for Labour, albeit from a historic low.

                      The only worries on the horizon for the Govt are what happens in Ireland & the eurozone if Greece defaults - as seems increasingly likely? The other is interest rates. An interest rate rise would push a lot of struggling people over the edge.
                      In fairness, democracy is the problem (while acknowledging Churchill's famous caveat). You don't give away, you don't get to govern.
                      Last edited by buster; 5th-June-2015, 12:10.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by rathbaner View Post
                        Govt are preparing to blow €2,5bn to buy the election Bertie-style. so there's likely to be a giveaway budget in December and an election called for early in the New Year as the effects of that budget work through. The poll numbers are improving all the time, even for Labour, albeit from a historic low.

                        The only worries on the horizon for the Govt are what happens in Ireland & the eurozone if Greece defaults - as seems increasingly likely? The other is interest rates. An interest rate rise would push a lot of struggling people over the edge.
                        The budget is in October as required now under EU law.

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                          #13
                          The apparent lack of a viable alternative to the current FG / Labour incumbents is deafening , everybody is unwilling to state who or what for of coalition they would enter. As it is the current gov will be returned or possibly a FG majority, they said it couldn't and wouldn't happen in UK but the tories prospered as the lib dems suffered, could be same scenario here.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by The Last Stand View Post
                            The budget is in October as required now under EU law.
                            Do you still believe that?
                            Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by theghost View Post
                              The apparent lack of a viable alternative to the current FG / Labour incumbents is deafening , everybody is unwilling to state who or what for of coalition they would enter. As it is the current gov will be returned or possibly a FG majority, they said it couldn't and wouldn't happen in UK but the tories prospered as the lib dems suffered, could be same scenario here.
                              Events, dear boy, events!
                              Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2019.

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