Minor Irish political parties

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I'm talking those with no Dail representation. I've always been interested in these sort of parties, what motivates them to keep going when they struggle to get seats even in local elections, and why they fail to win seats. Therefore I thought of starting a thread for some discussion of parties who don't get much media coverage, and maybe it would be good to hear some updates about them.

Fis Nua - spin off of the Greens with no electoral success at all. One of their candidates, Peadar O'Ceallaigh, received 18 votes in GE2011 which was the lowest in the country and second lowest on record. Ran a few candidates in last Europeans with terrible results. There has been very little recent activity from them on social media.

Identity Ireland - I believe they are now a registered political party. Haven't seen a candidate from them other than Peter O'Loughlin. Their Twitter is entertaining.

Catholic Democrats - these guys might have evolved from the old National Party. Their website was very anti gays, had a lot of stuff about the HPV vaccine and spreading of AIDS. Nora Bennis has ran as a candidate for them.

Direct Democracy Ireland - seem like an unconventional bunch to say the least. Biggest claim to fame seems to be that Ben Gilroy beat the Labour candidate in a by election once. They change leaders fairly frequently.

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I'm talking those with no Dail representation. I've always been interested in these sort of parties, what motivates them to keep going when they struggle to get seats even in local elections, and why they fail to win seats. Therefore I thought of starting a thread for some discussion of parties who don't get much media coverage, and maybe it would be good to hear some updates about them.

Fis Nua - spin off of the Greens with no electoral success at all. One of their candidates, Peadar O'Ceallaigh, received 18 votes in GE2011 which was the lowest in the country and second lowest on record. Ran a few candidates in last Europeans with terrible results. There has been very little recent activity from them on social media.

Identity Ireland - I believe they are now a registered political party. Haven't seen a candidate from them other than Peter O'Loughlin. Their Twitter is entertaining.

Catholic Democrats - these guys might have evolved from the old National Party. Their website was very anti gays, had a lot of stuff about the HPV vaccine and spreading of AIDS. Nora Bennis has ran as a candidate for them.

Direct Democracy Ireland - seem like an unconventional bunch to say the least. Biggest claim to fame seems to be that Ben Gilroy beat the Labour candidate in a by election once. They change leaders fairly frequently.

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Did Peader ask for a recount?

In the interests of completeness and to give them their rightful place on the record, do you know what the lowest poll ever recorded was and for who?
 

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Anti-gay, obsessed with the HPV vaccination, right-wing nutters from various fringe groups?

I would say they spend too much time on Pie and that probably convinces them they have huge support out there.
 

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Ballyhea Says No campaign - this is probably a movement rather than a political party.
 

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Did Peader ask for a recount?

In the interests of completeness and to give them their rightful place on the record, do you know what the lowest poll ever recorded was and for who?
I don't know but browsing around looking for the answer I note that one guy who got 39 votes in Clare in a past GE is described as a "local electrician and Holocaust denier." I didn't know Clare had their very own local Holocaust denier, is every country supposed to have one?
 

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I don't know but browsing around looking for the answer I note that one guy who got 39 votes in Clare in a past GE is described as a "local electrician and Holocaust denier." I didn't know Clare had their very own local Holocaust denier, is every country supposed to have one?
I thought Rashers would poll better than that.
 

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I don't know but browsing around looking for the answer I note that one guy who got 39 votes in Clare in a past GE is described as a "local electrician and Holocaust denier." I didn't know Clare had their very own local Holocaust denier, is every country supposed to have one?
Yes! You'd better check if your local county does have. It's an offence not to!
 

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Ballyhea Says No campaign - this is probably a movement rather than a political party.

It was more of a healthy weekend recreation for a handful of dreamers.

The guy who set it up (O'Flynn) ran in the 2014 Euro and 2016 General election and won 4.6% of the votes on both occasions.

He's now Mung the Moron's tea boy in Brussels!


EDIT - having posted the above, I would add that I'd far rather see O'Flynn making a gowl of himself in Europe than seeing that shameless, unprincipled FF parasite Brian Crowley trousering the MEP loot while clearly unfit for the post that he was elected to.
 
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I'm talking those with no Dail representation. I've always been interested in these sort of parties, what motivates them to keep going when they struggle to get seats even in local elections, and why they fail to win seats. Therefore I thought of starting a thread for some discussion of parties who don't get much media coverage, and maybe it would be good to hear some updates about them.
ego/obsession
 

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Did Peader ask for a recount?

In the interests of completeness and to give them their rightful place on the record, do you know what the lowest poll ever recorded was and for who?
In the local elections in the 70's, one candidate in the Midleton area, I think, received zero votes. He lived outside of the boundary himself. A long time ago, think I read it in the Evening Echo. There was an asterix alongside the zero to explain why he didn't vote for himself.
 

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I don't know but browsing around looking for the answer I note that one guy who got 39 votes in Clare in a past GE is described as a "local electrician and Holocaust denier." I didn't know Clare had their very own local Holocaust denier, is every country supposed to have one?
Well this site is above our quota, any county short is welcome to them. Also it's good to know that there is an electrician in Clare, he mustn't get a lot of business mind.
 

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How could you forget the Sticky's with their two councilors throughout the 32 counties :lol:

 

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There is a few random small ones that occasionally contest various elections, often with little success!

The Irish Democratic Party- they seemingly support recall elections, abolition of Land and Conveyancing law reform act... oh and they want out of the EU? Maybe?
Irish Democratic Party | Ordinary People Making A Real Difference

Saoradh- A dissident Republican party, similar in vein to Republican SF.
Saoradh – Revolutionary Irish Republican Party

Apparently theres also a Pirate Party but their website just says coming soon so who knows where that'll go.
 

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There is a few random small ones that occasionally contest various elections, often with little success!

The Irish Democratic Party- they seemingly support recall elections, abolition of Land and Conveyancing law reform act... oh and they want out of the EU? Maybe?
Irish Democratic Party | Ordinary People Making A Real Difference

Saoradh- A dissident Republican party, similar in vein to Republican SF.
Saoradh – Revolutionary Irish Republican Party

Apparently theres also a Pirate Party but their website just says coming soon so who knows where that'll go.
Re IDP. Ken Smollen is the main guy, seen him and members of his family at some of the Vin B Peoples Debates, he complained at one stage that the party was not being given fair airtime. Vincent didn't agree

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Well this site is above our quota, any county short is welcome to them. Also it's good to know that there is an electrician in Clare, he mustn't get a lot of business mind.

He is a right nutter, he smashed up a TV in front of Daniel O' Connell monument in Ennis, as a protest about how TV is a propaganda box--which is largely true,

the other part of the protest was about how the Jews control the entire content of TV and its all a big Zionist conspiracy-- very insane claim
 

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I don't know but browsing around looking for the answer I note that one guy who got 39 votes in Clare in a past GE is described as a "local electrician and Holocaust denier." I didn't know Clare had their very own local Holocaust denier, is every country supposed to have one?
I think I have the answer for the lowest vote (albeit it's a local election)

https://electionsireland.org/result.cfm?election=2004L&cons=408

6 votes for Karen Wise (Socialist Workers Party) in LE2004.

Interestingly:
- her husband Damon Wise ran in the same election and LEA, receiving 27 votes
- Damon Wise ran in LE2014 for Fis Nua receiving 7 votes
- Mrs Wise got 4 votes in Shannon 2004 town council election.

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