Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must appeal to urban dwellers or become increasingly irrelevant

The Programme for Government has a five-year social housing build target of 50,000, which remarkably is some 10,000 less than Fine Gael’s target in its election manifesto weeks earlier. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Lorcan Sirr

Are the traditional political parties doomed in urban areas? Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have a similar problem as Ireland fundamentally changes and they fundamentally do not. Although increasingly socially liberal, that does not mean they have changed sufficiently to see them mere shadows of their former selves in the next couple of decades. The rise of smaller parties and independents is also a reflection of that same changing Ireland.

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