Friday 24 November 2017

Ireland's left-wing politicians have a bad habit of fighting each other - there are few signs that will change this time

Ruth Coppinger faces a fight with Sinn Féin for her seat. Photo: Tom Burke
Ruth Coppinger faces a fight with Sinn Féin for her seat. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Friday's election will deliver a much-changed line-up in Dáil Éireann - and the three outgoing TDs in the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) grouping will have some colleagues.

This offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for those advocating on the Left. Voters are disenchanted with traditional parties and hungry for someone offering a different approach.

But left-wing politicians in Ireland have traditionally spent more time and energy fighting each other than they ever have addressing the ones they see as the real enemy: big business and conservative politicians.

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