Aidan Regan: Irish voters have moved to the left, but can the government follow?
The data from the February general election shows a clear shift to the centre-left by voters. But as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael prepare to go into coalition, it seems unlikely that they will take a similar turn leftwards
In the study of comparative political science, Ireland has always been an outlier. The dominant left-right cleavage that shaped party competition across Europe was absent here. The country had two centre-right parties which competed on centrist or centre-right policies. These policies were assumed to respond to what the average voter wanted.
Irish voters traditionally leaned to the right, but this is no longer the case. The 2020 UCD electoral survey clearly shows that the majority...
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