Why does Ireland lack a liberal party?

Windowshopper

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They were called the PDs.
 


OrderoftheDragon

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Nutters, what Ireland lacks is a right wing party based on nationalism, not the profiteers that currently make the ranks of ff and fg.
 

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Ireland needs another Liberal party ?

That is a bit like saying Ireland needs another motley group of Trots promising free stuff for anybofy who votes for them.
 

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Ireland lacks a Socially Liberal party??? What is this insanity?? Everyone of them are.

Ireland lacks a Socially Conservative party more like
Other than the two main parties who are socially conservative to the point of regressive.
 

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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).
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.
 


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