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Protests over Irish Water don’t necessarily mean that voters will turn to the Left in the next general election. Pic. Tom Burke.

Protests over Irish Water don’t necessarily mean that voters will turn to the Left in the next general election. Pic. Tom Burke.

Protests over Irish Water don’t necessarily mean that voters will turn to the Left in the next general election. Pic. Tom Burke.

Headlines about "people power" and the rise of the left in Irish politics in recent months have combined with opinion polls to give the clear impression of a major shift in the political landscape.

Austerity fatigue and the Irish Water fiasco have combined to make people say they are going to vote differently at the next general election. Major government mistakes on water, medical cards and cronyism around state board appointments have all added petrol to their own pyre.


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