Introduction

On 24 May 2007, voters in the Republic of Ireland went to the polls. It was a historic general election for a number of reasons. The Taoiseach (prime minister), Bertie Ahern, repeated the achievement of the towering political figure of twentieth-century Ireland, Eamon de Valera, by being returned fo...

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Published in: Citizen convicts p. 1
Main Author: Cormac Behan
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Manchester University Press 09-15-2016
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: On 24 May 2007, voters in the Republic of Ireland went to the polls. It was a historic general election for a number of reasons. The Taoiseach (prime minister), Bertie Ahern, repeated the achievement of the towering political figure of twentieth-century Ireland, Eamon de Valera, by being returned for a third term. The Green Party entered government for the first time, taking two cabinet positions. As a consequence of their disastrous result in the election, the Progressive Democrats, the party that had promised to ‘break the mould in Irish politics’, eventually dissolved. The only representative of the Socialist Party, Joe