- Oct 14, 2011
They were called the PDs.
The key thing is the lack of ideology and our natural inclination to find ourselves rightish while reserving a slight liberal bent om some things.FF and FG embrace light touch regulation and open borders, which are key tenets of Classical Liberalism (as opposed to Left-Liberalism). Both however resist reducing the power of the Church, and only go along with it when forced by coalition deals with leftwing parties. There is however a generational and urban-rural split on social issues within FG, as exemplified by Eoghan Murphy TDs criticism of the Swedish model as unworkable.
I consider Labour to be a socially liberal party except their support for the repressive Swedish Model.
Ireland doesn't really do "ideology" apart from Irish Republicanism and Catholic social conservatism and opposition to both. As for why this is the case: the lack of urbanisation until relatively recently in history made for a weak urban intellectual movement (until perhaps the 1970s), and meant social life was largely based around the Church and the village pub (closed on 'Holy' days).