By Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell
How eire Voted 2002 offers an in-depth research of the Irish basic election. carrying on with a longtime sequence of election reviews, it units out the context of the crusade, assesses the effect of the political events' advertising concepts, and provides first-hand candidate crusade diaries. It analyzes vote casting styles utilising either combination facts and survey facts, discusses the post-election negotiations resulting in the formation of the hot govt, and considers the results for the way forward for the Irish social gathering system.
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I! With a general election being predicted by most pundits for sometime in 2001 Noonan did not have long to prove himself. He was widely perceived to have performed well in his role as finance spokesperson marking Charlie McCreevy, most particularly in relation to McCreevy's 1999 plans to individualise the tax system, where Noonan forced the minister to make belated concessions to stay-at-home wives. Noonan did, however, have one very The Background to the Election 15 major skeleton in his closet from which he was never to escape; the fact that he was Minister for Health during the hepatitis C scandal in which the state, as he himself subsequently acknowledged, had treated one of the victims, Brigid McCole, very insensitively.
It was initially seen as the party of large farmers and the propertied middle classes, and these groups have continued to provide it with most of its support. Coalition, frowned upon by Fianna Fail up until 1989, was the saviour of Fine Gael when in 1948 and again in 1954 it led governments that were in essence anti-Fianna Fail administrations. A third and more coherent coalition with the Labour Party followed in 1973 after 16 years of unbroken Fianna Fail rule. The early 1980s saw Fine Gael get to within five seats of Fianna Fail and gain over 39 per cent of the first preference vote, being the dominant party in two coalition governments with the Labour Party.
In the five elections in the 1980s Labour never received over 10 per cent of the vote. In 1992 the party gained a record 33 seats on 19 per cent of the first preference vote after performing very effectively in opposition and subsequently went into power, first with Fianna Fail and then with Fine Gael and the small left-wing party Democratic Left. In the 1997 election, however, Labour lost half its seats, receiving just over 10 per cent of the vote. Thus by the beginning of the Fianna Fail-I'D administration in 1997, Ireland had seen coalition governments since 1989 in which five different parties had served.
How Ireland Voted 2002 by Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell