Susan O’Keeffe: Left/right divide offers real change to the way politics is done here

For better or worse, Ireland’s political landscape is becoming more like that in the US and UK

Micheal Martin, Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald, the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin, ‘the three parties which make up a two-party divide’. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

We are slowly becoming a two-party state; the party with three FFFs and the party with one F – Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. No other effers need apply, so to speak.

Naturally, hard-working members of the Labour Party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit/Solidarity and Aontú would disagree strongly with this notion – for different reasons of course. But they would all be at one that they form a vital part of a healthy, ...