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Back Page: what would independents do in government?

One of the biggest changes that the Great Recession has wrought on our politics is how it has fuelled the rise of independents and small parties. Never before have independent deputies and small parties played such a role in the Dáil, and in wider politics.

Even before the crash, the number of independents we elected in Ireland was highly unusual. Since then, we’re off the charts. And judging by the polls, independents and small...

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