DV #GE16: The people have spoken

Dear Donkey Voters,

The people have spoken. Nobody quite knows what they said. But message received, loud and clear.

In sum, they didn’t like the Fine Gael/Labour administration so they deserted it in droves in favour of Fianna Fail who oversaw the collapse of 25% of Ireland’s GDP.

They tell pollsters they like Sinn Fein but then chicken out of voting for them when they get to the ballot boxes. Or, as we discuss in this episode, they accidentally spoil their votes by putting a big X next to their preferred candidate instead of a number.

The headbangers in AAA-PBP managed to secure 6 seats but this does not necessarily represent the ‘political earthquake’ that the well heeled privately educated revolutionista Paul Murphy says it did. After all, just under 50% of the electorate voted for the same two parties that have returned in pretty much every election since 1922. Message received, loud and clear.

In today’s episode we try and plot the next steps. Listen up and listen good.

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Brian & Jimmy

DV #GE16: Polls, whingers, debate-walkouts, Vinny B at his best, rude canvassers & shame on you!

With election day this Friday, this is very much a #GE16 focussed episode of DV. We talk about polls and James nails his colours to the mast, Enda’s name calling and TD Ann Phelan’s walk-out on a Carlow-Kilkenny radio debate.

Vinny B does a fine job of showing up stubborn Junior Minister Dara Murphy’s lack of fundamental economic knowledge and we hear first hand about Dara’s rude canvassing in Cork City.

Oh and we have put together a little song to finish off the show.

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Brian & Jim

DV Interview: Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan | #GE16

As part of DV’s #GE16 coverage, we chat to Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, former cabinet minister and candidate for Dublin Bay South.

Eamon gives us a rundown on Green Party policy including its economic competence, tells us what he thinks of the current government (and of Michael Lowry), explains how he would change Dublin and informs us that British intelligence accesses and holds our internet activities for 30 days.

Oh and we get his opinion on a Dáil dress code.

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Brian & Jim