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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 15, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    When Will the General Election Take Place?

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    The question on everyone’s mind in the Dail these days is: When will the general election take place?

    TDs and their associates are like two teams that know they are in the all-Ireland but haven’t been told what Sunday in September the game will be held.

    The Dail comes back on January 12th, a week earlier than planned. The Finance Bill, which implements the Budget, is expected to come before the House the following week.

    Last year, it took till the end of March for the Finance Bill to be processed. It won’t take as long this year, you can be sure.

    The thinking around  Teach Laighean is that the Finance Bill will be completed by early-to-mid February with the election taking place four weeks later, perhaps 3rd March but more likely 10th.

    If one assumes, as most people do, that Fianna Fail lose office, Brian Cowen will still be Taoiseach for a short period after election day and will presumably hand over the bowl of shamrock to President Obama at the  White House.

    It is thought unlikely the Americans would want to see him in the event that the election was taking place on, say, 24 March, if he still has the aura of a loser. It will be interesting to see how much difference, if any, the actual campaign makes.

    • My betting would be March 31st, with the count on April 1st.

    • barbera says:

      The Budget is passed – Trojan work by Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen
      Brian Cowen has his party’s support to lead FF into the next election
      The Government won the crucial Dáil vote on the €85 billion EU-IMF package.
      The Banking Bill is passed
      The present coalition government has never looked stronger
      This government should stay on to implement the four-year plan
      There is just no alternative
      Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan……….genius

    • Katie_M says:

      As much as an election is welcome to be rid of FF, one worries at the alternative. It amazes me that with the current situation regarding Ireland’s economy that Fine Gael have still not been able to make as much gains as an opposition party should make when their opponents messed up so badly and evoked so much anger, That, to me, is incredibly worrying and I’m saying this even though my family are active FG members.

    • BB says:

      Should be put it off until 2012 — there is as yet no credible alternative and the people is in a quare funny mood — might do something dumb that they’ll regret almost immediately

    • John Dublin says:

      We do need an election and we do need to displace this government. However, radical changes are necessary.
      Quoting Barbera’s post:
      “The Government won the crucial Dáil vote on the €85 billion EU-IMF package.
      The Banking Bill is passed
      The present coalition government has never looked stronger
      This government should stay on to implement the four-year plan
      There is just no alternative”

      The EU (ECB) IMF deal was NOT necessary.
      You might think this a crazy statement, but the proof will be coming out in the new year.
      This country has no real leadership.
      This government needs to go, and YES there is an alternative.
      It just hasn’t been made public ‘yet’.
      I believe 2011 will be the dawn of radical change in Ireland, positive radical change.
      In the end, it will be up to the people of this country.

      THE IRISH CONSTITUTION
      Bunreacht na hEirann

      Article 1:
      “The Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable, indefeasible and sovereign right to choose its own form
      of government, to determine its relations with other nations, and to develop its life, political, economic and cultural, in accordance with its own genius and traditions”

      There WILL be an alternative presented in 2011, and then, it will be up to the will of the People of Ireland.


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