When I was living in London and the Progressive Democrats were looking to be a new force in Irish Politics. A Irish friend claimed that Ireland wast the only country in Europe with three Conservative parties. and he added Irish Labour are not much of a left party.
The two Major Parties Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have broadly similar Ideologies and the difference between them goes back to the Irish Civil War 90 years ago.
With 2 seats in dispute the result looks like this
| % of|
|Fine Gael||Enda Kenny||544,140||25.5||10.6||88||76||66[n 4]||49[n 4]||17||31%|
|Fianna Fáil||Micheál Martin||519,356||24.3||6.9||71||19[n 4]||21||44||23||28%|
|Sinn Féin||Gerry Adams||295,319||13.8||3.9||50||14||14||23||9||14.5%|
|Labour Party||Joan Burton||140,898||6.6||12.8||36||37||33||6||27||4%|
|AAA–PBP||None||84,168||3.9||1.7[n 1]||31||4[n 1]||4||6||2||4%|
|Social Democrats||Catherine Murphy|
|Green Party||Eamon Ryan||57,999||2.7||0.9||40||0||0||2||2||1%|
|Renua Ireland||Lucinda Creighton||46,552||2.2||2.2||26||N/A[n 5]||3||0||New||0%|
|Independents 4 Change[n 6]||None||31,365||1.5||1.5||5||N/A[n 5]||4||4||New||2.5%|
|Workers and Unemployed Action||Séamus Healy||7,452||0.3||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0.5%|
|Direct Democracy||Pat Greene||6,481||0.3||0.3||19||N/A[n 5]||0||0||New||0%|
|Workers' Party||Michael Donnelly||3,242||0.2||0.1||5||0.0||0||0||0||0%|
|Catholic Democrats||Nora Bennis||2,013||0.1||3||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Irish Democratic Party||Ken Smollen||971||<0 .1="" font="">0>||0.0||1||N/A[n 5]||0||0||New||0%|
|Communist Party||Lynda Walker||185||<0 .1="" font="">0>||1||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Identity Ireland||Peter O'Loughlin||183||<0 .1="" font="">0>||1||N/A[n 5]||0||0||New||0%|
|Independent Alliance[n 6]||None||88,930||4.2||4.2||21||N/A[n 5]||5||6||New||4%|
|Ceann Comhairle||Seán Barrett||N/A||N/A||N/A||1[n 4]||1||1[n 4]||1[n 4]||0||0.5%|
|Total||2,136,405||100%||—||552[n 7]||166||165[n 8]||158||8||100%|
At the last General Election Fianna Fáil then in Government took the brunt of the blame for Economic collapse and a Fine Gael coalition took power.
Now Irish politics is in a flux and either a Fine Gael Fianna Fáil or a rainbow coalition that would include Sinn Féin .
For Irish Labour it was a disaster with 6 seats they are short of the 7 needed to get automatic speaking rights in the Dáil Éireann.
Its a lesson for Labour here Corbyn may not be a winner , but going back to supporting Austerity could be a disater.
For the parties of the Left it is possible that AAA–PBP could increase their number by bringing in some of the Left Wing Independents like Séamus Healy to give them the numbers they need.
Though the left in the Republic have an unfortunate tendency to fractional.
They did in the last Dáil and they should not miss an opportunity to outflank Labour.
For opponents of STV the Long weekend if counting vote after vote and PR can be be chaotic but at least it’s accurate and a party with less than 40% of the vote doers not find itself with a Majority and claiming a mandate as the Tories have here
With something like 83 seats needed for a majority government Ireland may face weeks of instability as politicians battle to form a government, small parties and independents have claimed almost a fifth of seats and the traditional power-players are losing their hold.
So even another election in a few months may not resolve anything.
Ultimately, however, the chaos is reflective of a European deep public dissatisfaction with the politics of the last decade. A majority government for either of the largest parties would misrepresent the wishes of the people. Even of those who wish to see stable government.