Their grass roots tend to be very old and getting older from what I see locally.Except when they look for activists for the next GE - FG's base has traditionally been social and economic conservatives, now they're focusing on the woke liberal, urban vote, so may struggle to get the same level of support to campaign from the grass roots.
Recall the majority of the party voted for Coveney, but the weighting put on skin in the game put Varadkar in the big seat - basically it spells a party who needs to chase a new audience, but - it seems - no-one has told YFG.
Exactly my point - they're not in sync with their traditional base and Maria Walsh's faux outrage isn't going to play well with them.Their grass roots tend to be very old and getting older from what I see locally.
Any party that could have Oliver J Flanagan, Brendan McGahon and Alice Glenn as members at the same time as Garrett Fitzgerald, Alan Dukes and Ivan Yates is not one defined by social policy.YFG have always been weird.
I'm in the constituency catchment of UCD and a load of these shillls used to turn up at selection conventions and there was a bristling amongst the regulars.
FG's record on divorce referenda and other issues point to a more liberal party with a few hardened craw thumping catholics, the tension is nothing new.
Under Garret FG tilted liberal on social issues. Some. They supported divorce in 1986 unlike the hypocrites in FF under haughey. They liberalised condoms. FF only jumped on bandwagon after haughey leftFG have not been a 'right-wing conservative party' for decades except in the fevered imaginings of some on the Irish left, who see them as the stray spawn of the GOP and the Tories. Your liberal wet-dream media-savvy lesbian is a good deal nearer the mark.