Ireland: Independent Alliance will rue abandoning abortion principles

Zappone operating in hostile environment rarely in tune to needs of women’s rights

Oct 27, 2016
Una Mullally

The alliance of Independent TDs supporting the Government may not be a formal party, but the way they are behaving has echoes of how smaller coalition parties end up getting absolutely crushed in subsequent elections.

We saw it with Labour in 2016 and with the Green Party in 2011. Is it unfair that smaller coalition elements get obliterated as a consequence of public dissatisfaction with government? Probably, but we hold those who run for election on a specific set of principles to a higher standard than the same old party politicians.

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Source: Irish Times