Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ireland is on the cusp of a 'political earthquake' - Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy

Geraldine Gittens

Published 27/02/2016 | 08:07

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, Paul Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, Paul Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Opening up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Tally men pictured at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Fianna Fail Director of Elections Billy Kelleher TD Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD

Ireland is on the cusp of a “political earthquake”, according to Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.

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“What we’re seeing is a political earthquake, the collapse of the two-party system.”

“The political system is breaking down.”

The TD said the AAA is hopeful that they would win seven seats for the next Dail, a number which would give the party a “much better platform”.

“Six would be great. We would like to get seven if we can… seven would be the magic number.”

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil’s director of elections has admitted there will be “a lot of anxious and nervous people” in Irish politics across the country today – as it’s impossible for politicians to know what the outcome of the count will be.

Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Billy Kelleher was reluctant to make predictions on what his party will achieve in the General Election, but he said Fianna Fail had a “very good” day at the polls.

He told RTE’s Morning Ireland there are “a lot of anxious and nervous people across the country … We simply don’t know [what the outcome will be].”

“It’s been a good campaign for Fianna Fáil… indications are that Fianna Fáil has had a very good day.”

In some constituencies, counts at the ballot boxes will continue for 12, 13, or 14 counts until a candidate is elected, he said.

“There will be a lot of seats won and lost across the country because of narrow margins… [it could be] 12/13/14 counts before you’ll have final counts “

Meanwhile, Róisin Shorthall, joint leader of the Social Democrats, said she is hoping to hold onto her seat.

“I’m hopeful that I might hold on... It’s important to hold that seat that I’ve held for many years.”

“There is a new alignment happening in Irish politics. We’re starting to see a left-right alignment.”

“During the course of the election campaign it was very clear that people were looking for something very different in Irish politics.”

An RTE exit poll released this morning predicts that the Social Democrats will receive 3.7pc support from the Irish public.

“We’d be very happy with that. The Social Democrats have only been in the system for eight months… we’ve been operating on a shoestring… we’ve been very dependent on volunteers.”

“We’ve operated our campaign mainly on the basis of volunteerism so on that basis I think we’ve done very well.”

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