By Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell
How eire Voted 2002 presents an in-depth research of the Irish common election. carrying on with a longtime sequence of election reviews, it units out the context of the crusade, assesses the impression of the political events' advertising options, and provides first-hand candidate crusade diaries. It analyzes balloting styles utilising either combination information and survey proof, discusses the post-election negotiations resulting in the formation of the recent executive, and considers the consequences for the way forward for the Irish celebration system.
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In retrospect politicians across the party spectrum came to regard the incident as the decisive moment in the campaign. McDowell's plea to the electorate not to give Fianna Fail an overall majority struck a chord with a significant number of voters and it catapulted the Progressive Democrats (PDs) into a pivotal position during the final stages of the campaign. The eventual outcome, with Fianna Fail falling tantalisingly short of an overall majority, despite a succession of national opinion polls showing the party on course for that target, and the PDs doubling their number of Dail seats from four to eight, was a vindication of McDowell's demarche.
That allowed all the parties to make careful preparations well in advance. All the major parties responded to the changing face of the media by having daily press conferences during the campaign. This was an innovation for Ireland based on the experience of the British general election of 2001, which was closely monitored by Irish political parties. In previous elections the parties had press conferences only when they wanted to announce something. In 2002 all the major parties attempted to feed the voracious need of the electronic media for new stories every hour.
I'' To that extent it quickly set the tone for the campaign in that it constantly played the 'it's the economy stupid' card while simultaneously rebutting Fine Gael's and Labour's plans to pay for increased public services. Fine Gael put forward a series of proposals, many of which were flagged well in advance of the election. These included plans to compensate taxi drivers for potential loss of earnings by the liberalisation of the taxi industry and an even more bizarre proposal to compensate individuals who had lost money by investing in Telecom Eireann shares, the value of which had dropped substantially in the years since they were issued.
How Ireland Voted 2002 by Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell