How Ireland Voted 2002 by Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell

By Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh, Paul Mitchell

How eire Voted 2002 presents an in-depth research of the Irish normal election. carrying on with a longtime sequence of election stories, it units out the context of the crusade, assesses the influence of the political events' advertising ideas, and offers first-hand candidate crusade diaries. It analyzes vote casting styles using either mixture info 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 occasion system.

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This led Michael Noonan and Jim Mitchell to announce that they were putting down a motion of no confidence in Bruton and that they were doing so in response to pressure from ordinary party members. Bruton stood up to the challenge but it was clear that he was fighting a losing battle. Despite a number of combative media performances he was unable to stop the seepage of support and lost the motion by 39 votes to 33. It was the first time that any Fine Gael leader had been voted out of office. Once Bruton had lost the confidence motion it quickly became clear that Michael Noonan was the preferred choice of the parliamentary party to take over the reins of leadership.

36. RTE Radio One, This Week, 28 April 2002. 37. Irish Independent, 9 May 2002. 2 Campaign Strategies Stephen Collins In the middle of the 2002 general election campaign the Attorney General in the Fianna Fail-Progressive Democrat coalition, Michael McDowell, climbed up a telegraph pole at Ranelagh in the heart of his Dublin SouthEast constituency to hang up a poster bewailing the dangers of single-party government. It was a publicity stunt, which featured prominently on the main evening television news bulletins and in the following day's Sunday newspapers.

While there were differences in terms of corporate taxation, personal taxation was something that saw the parties in virtual agreement and, as we saw earlier, tax rates had been cut significantly over the Dail's lifetime. Thus, for all the major parties, raising taxation for spending or to cope with any possible downturn in the economy was not an option they were willing to put into their manifestos. I'' Whether it was health or taxation the manifestos failed to ignite the campaign and with Fianna Fail sitting comfortably ahead in the polls, that suited it fine.

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