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Irish Government faces election defeat

Fianna Fail is facing a virtual wipeout in the General Election after a new opinion poll shows it has fallen behind Sinn Fein into fourth place. The first poll taken since the IMF-EU bailout shows Taoiseach Brian Cowen's party languishing on a record low level of just 13pc -- a staggering 29pc drop since the last election. If the dramatic results were repeated in the election, which is expected in the next three months, the party would be left with just 23 TDs -- a loss of 55 seats. Their government partners the Green Party have just 3% of the vote.

Mr Cowen's support levels have also taken another hit, with just 8pc wanting him to still be leader of the country after the General Election. The figures will heap further pressure on the Taoiseach amid continued calls for the leadership of the party to be debated before polling day. Shell-shocked Fianna Fail ministers and TDs feared in recent weeks that the devastating blow of the arrival of the IMF had pushed them past the point of rescue.

The historically low figure for Fianna Fail has now allowed Sinn Fein to overtake it and move to 16pc in the popularity stakes. Sinn Fein's support is more than double what it achieved at the last election and points to renewed popularity in the aftermath of its Donegal by-election win and party president Gerry Adams' decision to run in the General Election.
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Politically the worst thing about this crisis is Sinn Fein gaining credibility as a party. Quite aside from their blood-soaked past (thereís plenty of bombers who ended up politicians) their economic policies are off the wall. They are isolationist Marxists who want Ireland to get rid of foreign direct investment and leave the EU.

The government that will be formed will be the traditionally centre right (but in reality centre left) Fine Gael (pronounced finna gale) and Labour. The last thing we need after 10 years of crony socialism is another left-wing government but thatís what we will get.
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No offence guys, but this election probably means nothing as far as dealing with your economy goes . To all intents and purposes Dublin isn't in control of it anymore.

Sinn Fein? Oh dear.
Am I being prejudiced due to the old days or are they still gangsters in suits?
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No, they're terrorists in suits.
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No offence guys, but this election probably means nothing as far as dealing with your economy goes . To all intents and purposes Dublin isn't in control of it anymore.
The devil is in the details. We have targets to meet but the government will still decide how to meet them.

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they're terrorists in suits.
You are both right.
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