Saturday 10 December 2016

John Downing: Party will now struggle to be heard on the left

Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30

Barely 13 months after they were launched in July 2015, the fledgling Social Democrats are down to two TDs. Photo: Tom Burke
Barely 13 months after they were launched in July 2015, the fledgling Social Democrats are down to two TDs. Photo: Tom Burke

Irish politics is hard on all small parties, and our history is littered with tales of their rise and fall.

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Barely 13 months after they were launched in July 2015, the fledgling Social Democrats are down to two TDs. High-profile Wicklow deputy Stephen Donnelly has left, saying "some partnerships simply don't work".

Once they got over the polite formalities, the remaining Soc Dems echoed Mr Donnelly's view - but with a slightly different emphasis.

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