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The parties have a lot of convincing to do yet

Fine Gael and Labour constantly like to remind us how they have clawed the country from the brink of economic collapse to the benefit of every Irish citizen yet they have failed to address important social issues like homelessness.

They spent millions on a banking inquiry which came to the conclusion that multiple parties were responsible yet no one was held accountable adding to the frustration of families who are the ones paying for these unforgivable banking practises.

The Labour Party, established to represent the working class, has abandoned all of its ideals in exchange for security and now seem to be happy to act as a footstool for Fine Gael.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil has made no significant progress since the last election and it looks like it will be some time before they regain enough public support to mount a genuine election campaign. And, Sinn Féin, they have built their campaign on abolishing almost every tax introduced in the last five years and while this may garner populist votes, they have failed to explain how this alternate socialist nirvana will be sustainable beyond a week.

As for the remaining newly formed parties and independents they will certainly have support from disgruntled voters who feel like a change but ultimately don’t look like making a significant impression? So, how to vote?

Eoin Murphy

Darkwood

Dunmanway

Co Cork

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