Friday 24 November 2017

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

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
John Downing

John Downing

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

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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