By Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh
This ebook is the definitive research of the 2016 Irish basic election and is the 8th e-book within the well-established How eire Voted sequence. The 2011 election in eire used to be characterized as an earthquake, however the aftershocks seen within the 2016 election have been both dramatic. This election observed the rout of the govt. that had presided over a striking monetary restoration, and marked a brand new low for the energy of the conventional social gathering approach, as smaller events and independents attracted nearly 1/2 all votes. the 1st bankruptcy units the context, and later ones examine the level to which the outgoing govt fulfilled its 2011 pledges, and the way applicants have been chosen. The luck or differently of crusade concepts is classed, the consequences and the behaviour of electorate are analysed, and the aftermath, whilst it took a list size of time to shape a central authority, is explored. different chapters learn the final result of recent gender quotas for candidate choice, think about the explanations for the bizarre good fortune of independents, and consider the results. The publication additionally finds interesting insights into the applicants’ reports of the election, either profitable and unsuccessful. it will likely be of use to scholars, academics and students of Irish politics, in addition to the broader reader drawn to Irish politics and elections.
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Extra resources for How Ireland Voted 2016: The Election that Nobody Won
On the same day as this by-election the electorate was also asked to vote for a new President and, in referendums, on proposals to reduce the pay of judges and to allow for the Houses of the Oireachtas to conduct full inquiries and thus reverse a 2002 Supreme Court ruling that prevents such inquiries from making findings critical of individual citizens. The referendum on judges’ pay proved relatively uncontroversial and was comfortably passed but that on Oireachtas inquiries was defeated. 19 A dramatic late intervention by eight former Attorneys General calling for a No vote was generally regarded to have been influential.
Gallagher was unable to reply to this with any certainty and then had to expend much time and energy explaining a trail of accounting errors to an audience in the studio who appeared deeply sceptical. 21 He was unable to undo the damage in two further media interviews the following day and was ultimately beaten into second place by Higgins who received nearly 40 per cent of the first preference vote to win comfortably. In essence this was a personal victory for Higgins as those who were undecided in the last week of the campaign went with the veteran Labour politician and his call for a decent and inclusive society.
A crusading and activist minister, Shatter was responsible for a number of important legislative acts relating to citizenship, personal insolvency and criminal justice amongst others. In May 2013, he criticised a number of garda (police) whistleblowers who had exposed what they claimed to be misuse by other gardaí of their discretionary power to cancel driver penalty points. 35 The year 2014 saw matters get much worse for Shatter as the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) began to conduct a new inquiry into the penalty points allegations.