- Apr 25, 2016
My take was that we finally had a peace process and Bruton was not considered good in this area. I think that was a big driver. FG and LAB did ok elsewhere but this was the government that begat the Moriarty tribunal and the sleaze around the ESAT digifone licence was known by the dogs in the street.I remember the Northern issue in the election and do think that FF's position on the North that year encouraged a lot of their voters, and some other more floating voters, to vote for them, but I think that for more people the "zero tolerance" of crime issue inspired more hope or trust in them. Remember this was at a time when the Peace Process was in the early days and there was not a lot of hope on Northern Ireland in general in the South! (Again I was only 16 and did not follow the election meticulously).
And remember, there was no SF in any meaningful form down south. And there were no leftist cranks. Democratic Left were neutered at that stage in terms of being commie loons.
A very different time.