A quick look at last night’s figures – the PR-STV system means that they only tell a small part of the story, but it says something about the national picture
FG – 22.4% – C
Could have – should have – been so much worse. Tone-deaf, arrogant, out of touch and still a little more than one in five voted for them.
SF – 22.3% – C
What might have been – time will tell if the late effort to drag their name through the mud made a difference, but Sinn Féin could have expected 25% or more, given the ineptitude of the big two.
FF – 22.2% – B
The destroyers of the nation are back, but will probably never regain their previous pomp. FG’s incompetence played right into their lap, but they still did’t maximise the vote. Constant attacks on Sinn Féin showed up their utter ignorance of Northern Ireland past and present, and they would do well to drop the pretence of being a Republican party.
GP – 7.9% – D
For an election supposedly about the climate crisis, this is a poor return. Still struggling to get over their previous disastrous stint in government, offered very little tangible outside their wheelhouse.
Labour: 4.6% – F
Last sting of a dying worker’s movement which has been nothing but a disappointment since 1913. Rudderless, spineless, futureless.
SD – 3.4% – B
Considerable increase from last time out with extremely limited resources - what it returns in terms of seats remains to be seen, but if it delivers the likes of Gary Gannon to the Dáil it will benefit them hugely. Produced a LOT of policy that was clear-headed, if not highly-noticed.
SPBP – 2.8% – D
Should have been up around 7-8% in a country stuck in the vice-like grip of market capitalism on steroids, but somehow it didn’t translate. Again, they will be transfer-friendly so they may punch above their weight in terms of seats.
Independents and others – 14.5%
If Michael Lowry gets in again we may as well invite the Tans back.