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Stephen Donnelly leaves Social Democrats



Mercurial

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Great. Now who am I supposed to vote for when my pessimism overcomes my idealism?
 

Disillusioned democrat

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Politics in Ireland is a bit of a mess to be honest.

Stephen Donnelly was one of the good guys IMHO, he seemed genuinely interested in getting the right things done and didn't carry the baggage many of his colleagues do.

The Social Democrats had a very poor start with its inability to appoint a leader and, of course, the media made sure that we never really too them seriously from there onwards.
 

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SD is a joint leader of SD, is he not? I think that the news of a party leader quitting his own party warrants its own thread.
 

alaimacerc

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Social Democrats reduced by 33% in size at a stroke, but actually seem somewhat like social democrats now.
 

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The issue of a leader may be part of it but he was also in an uncomfortable situation with the other TDs. Shortall and Murphy are on the left but I sense Donnelly was on the left as regards social issues but a right winger on the economy. I doubt if he will join another party.
 

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Who is Stephen Donnelly ?

Honestly. Has he said anything in the current Dail about anything ?

Even for the sake of attention seeking.
 

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Well, the SDs say they are not dependent on one personality, but reading between the lines, they are peed off with his walking away. Stephen's *ahem* sanity attracted a lot of support to the 'party', and I belive it'll struggle a lot from now on. Pity, the more parties, the better choice.
 

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Brendan Behan vindicated once again.
 

alaimacerc

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The issue of a leader may be part of it but he was also in an uncomfortable situation with the other TDs. Shortall and Murphy are on the left but I sense Donnelly was on the left as regards social issues but a right winger on the economy. I doubt if he will join another party.
The expectation, if anything, was he might well end up in the Ross group (it was unclear at that point which parties or "independent alliances" would agglomerate). I'm not sure if there was ever serious talk of him joining Renua, but it would have been less of a head-scratcher.

Basically his (not-so) unique selling point is being a member of the banking classes giving out yards about the banking classes.

Shorthall on News at One talking about him now.
 

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The SDs are a pointless version of another pointless party, Labour.

Signed up to a luvvy "we are the world" platform on immigration. Went down well in the Irish Times.

Can't see the point of Donnelly as an independent, either. Unless he starts really thinking outside the box and representing some real kind of new politics, not soft-left grandeeism.
 

Josip Broz

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Is he joining FF? Watch that space...
 


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