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category dublin | politics / elections | feature author Saturday June 13, 2009 11:29author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ieauthor phone 0876101340 Report this post to the editors

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The Floor of the RDS for Counting

The election of Joe Higgins as the third MEP elected from Dublin has marked a significant shift in Irish politics. With the Greens now wiped out clinging desperately to a dying government the election results have shown there is an alternative and hope for another Ireland.

Higgins victory reclaims the No to Lisbon vote as a left wing vote and diminishes the ability of the media to pin that on Ganley and Libertas and undermine the next leftwing not to Lisbon Treaty Campaign- that's if the government would dare to re run that referendum.

The first result out of the RDS was the Dublin South Bye-election. The tally's clearly showed a run away success for George Lee, which had probably been reflected in the unrealistic polls of 38% for Fine Gael in previous weeks. Sinn Féin just didn't have the trust. But it had been clear on the doors that Labour would clean up.

Higgins victory reclaims the No to Lisbon vote as a left wing vote and diminishes the ability of the media to pin that on Ganley and Libertas and undermine the next leftwing not to Lisbon Treaty Campaign- that's if the government would dare to re run that referendum.

The first result out of the RDS was the Dublin South Bye-election. The tally's clearly showed a run away success for George Lee, which had probably been reflected in the unrealistic polls of 38% for Fine Gael in previous weeks. Sinn Féin just didn't have the trust. But it had been clear on the doors that Labour would clean up.

The main stories that were focused on were FF wipe out and George Lee. But there's something a lot deeper here. The left got a massive boost and it remains to be seen how long this government will fester away in the Dail pumping resources stolen from our communities into the banking sector.

How will the left re-align itself from here on in? Will the legacy of Tony Gregory be to bail out another corrupt and dubious Fianna Fáil government or will Maureen O'Sullivan decide to join the principled resistance in the Dáil?

The following is a selection of some of the images from the RDS election count on Saturday 6th of June 2009.

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George Lee picking up those number 1's
George Lee picking up those number 1's

Media frenzy- something to believe in
Media frenzy- something to believe in

John Gormley didn't hang around for the carnage
John Gormley didn't hang around for the carnage

RTE on stage
RTE on stage

Henry and Mary Upton, Labour
Henry and Mary Upton, Labour

Maureen O'Sullivan just before she had wone a seat on Dublin City Council. Their group will meet this week to nominate another person to fill this seat as you can't be a TD and a councillor at the same time.
Maureen O'Sullivan just before she had wone a seat on Dublin City Council. Their group will meet this week to nominate another person to fill this seat as you can't be a TD and a councillor at the same time.

Emer Costello having wone her council seat
Emer Costello having wone her council seat

Lisa Connell, Out, proud and Independant, campaigning for civil marraige for LGBTQ community
Lisa Connell, Out, proud and Independant, campaigning for civil marraige for LGBTQ community

Sinn Féin and Labour victories side by side
Sinn Féin and Labour victories side by side

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More images     Paula Geraghty    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:22 
   Europe moves right and social democratic vote collapses     Darren C    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:45 
   Great Votes - A shift towards left candidates     Lefty    Mon Jun 08, 2009 22:54 
   A couple of more images     Creative Type    Tue Jun 09, 2009 00:02 
   Christy????     Rotorman    Tue Jun 09, 2009 13:55 
   quote     Rotorman    Tue Jun 09, 2009 14:01 
   Christy Burke     Verso    Tue Jun 09, 2009 14:21 
   Powerhouse?     Left Winger.    Tue Jun 09, 2009 14:57 
   Lefty's advice     mickb    Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:41 
 10   Why are the SWP using Joe Higgins Image on a recruitment pic     Michael O'Brien    Wed Jun 10, 2009 14:42 
 11   sigh     pseudonym    Wed Jun 10, 2009 15:38 
 12   Angry enough to phone Liveline!     Marian    Wed Jun 10, 2009 15:51 
 13   What Swing Left?     Voter.    Wed Jun 10, 2009 15:56 
 14   Typical SWP hyperbole and codology     Michael O'Brien    Wed Jun 10, 2009 16:09 
 15   A reply to pseudonym     Mark P    Wed Jun 10, 2009 16:10 
 16   EXCITABILITY & LEFT UNITY?!     Emma swp    Wed Jun 10, 2009 17:03 
 17   Emma you just don't get it     Michael O'Brien    Wed Jun 10, 2009 17:21 
 18   A reply to Emma     Mark P    Wed Jun 10, 2009 17:26 
 19   Proportionally excited.     Emma swp    Wed Jun 10, 2009 17:45 
 20   Points made - action taken     D_D    Wed Jun 10, 2009 18:29 
 21   Excellent set of photos     .    Wed Jun 10, 2009 19:04 
 22   Super Photos...     A.R    Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:04 
 23   The danger of Coalitionism     Nosmo King    Thu Jun 11, 2009 18:00 
 24   Labour-pbp pact     Interested    Thu Jun 11, 2009 18:38 
 25   Building a left wing coalition     Democrat    Thu Jun 11, 2009 18:43 
 26   For united action of the left.     john throne    Thu Jun 11, 2009 18:45 
 27   Tears of Joy     Michael Gallagher    Thu Jun 11, 2009 19:19 
 28   Sinn Fein are not a left-wing party     From the North    Thu Jun 11, 2009 21:39 
 29   Congratulations to all     Wayne Tobin (22) 085-765 9347    Thu Jun 11, 2009 22:45 
 30   Reply to "from the north"     What are the Shinners at?    Fri Jun 12, 2009 00:13 
 31   I say, steady on     Just a Gigolo    Sat Jun 13, 2009 08:07 
 32   doesn't help     sper    Sat Jun 13, 2009 14:07 
 33   Cringe     Cringing    Sat Jun 13, 2009 16:28 
 34   localist     localist    Sun Jun 14, 2009 17:06 
 35   centre-right voting     Arnie    Sun Jun 14, 2009 20:08 
 36   1918-1932-2009     D_D    Mon Jun 15, 2009 00:32 
 37   positive positive positive     francis hughes    Mon Jun 15, 2009 17:28 
 38   left unity     cb    Tue Jun 16, 2009 18:43 


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