Ireland is a One-Party State

May 27, 2007 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Bertie Tricolour
Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Taoiseach! Fianna Fáil have now won six general elections in a row. In the quarter century from 1987-2012, they will have been in power for 90% of the time. Fine Gael last won a general election in 1982, and will soon be seeking their first win in thirty years. It’s no wonder the national anthem begins with the words We are Fianna Fáil. >>>

Absolute Power

The people have decided that Ireland is to be a single-party State. Fianna Fáil have now won the last six general elections in a row, under Charles Haughey, Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahern. If the new Government runs its full term, Fianna Fáil will have been in power for twenty-two-and-a-half years out of twenty-five, or 90% of the quarter century from 1987-2012.

Fine Gael are nearly always excluded from power, because they are the only party unwilling to share power with Fianna Fáil. They last won a general election in 1982, and that was after a double murderer was found living in the Fianna Fáil Attorney General’s apartment. Next time around, Fine Gael may be seeking their first general election victory in thirty years.

Permanent Power

This is not a recent phenomenon. In the last seventy-five years, Fianna Fáil have never been out of power for more than one term. They won six general elections in a row under Eamon de Valera (who was Taoiseach from 1932-44), and four in a row under Dev, Seán Lemass and Jack Lynch (governing from 1957-73).

Effectively, Fianna Fáil runs Ireland, on the democratic say-so of two in every five Irish voters. To almost permanently retain power, all they have to do is to keep that support base happy, while tacking their sails slightly to suit the varying political ideologies of their government partners of the day. And they are very good at doing that.

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