Sunday 19 February 2017

Government gained no votes for championing the agenda of Dublin 4

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

Lucinda Creighton fell between two stools – liberals hated her, while pro-lifers lost enthusiasm for her. Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Lucinda Creighton fell between two stools – liberals hated her, while pro-lifers lost enthusiasm for her. Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Both Fine Gael and Labour need to ask themselves why their enthusiastic championing of a liberal/left social agenda earned them no electoral dividend.

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In the election campaign, Labour in particular boasted about being instrumental in introducing Ireland's first piece of abortion legislation in 2013, securing the marriage referendum and telling voters that only by opting for them would a referendum to repeal our pro-life amendment be assured.

Labour managed a pitiful 6.6pc of the vote on Friday. That is barely more than a sixth of the 'tiny minority' of 38pc who voted against same-sex marriage last May. Indeed, that 38pc is 13 points more than Fine Gael secured in the election.

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