Irish Government Agrees To February 25 Election Date

Tyler Durden's picture

The first major regime change due to unpalatable combination of austerity and a highly unpopular (most recent) banker bailout is coming to a European country in precisely one month. From Sky News.

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Handle with care's picture

Good blog here that over half of the electorate oppose the bank bailout but they have no one to vote for


Love this line!


" Irish politicians, like their counterparts throughout the EU, assume that because the Brussels system has been kind to them personally, it must also be kind to their constituents."

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Hey, 90% of Americans opposed the original TARP bailout, for all the good that did us.

A Man without Qualities's picture

This is actually bullshit - they do have a party to vote for, and it's called Sinn Fein....  The Brits are terrified that they may emerge as the largest opposition party, or worse..

midtowng's picture

That's not totally true. Granted the largest parties all supported the bailout, but there is another significant party that rejects it: Sinn Fein.

  Plus, the Labor party wants it renegotiated.

Mongo's picture

Oh as if one puppet would replace another and do a better job?

BlackSea's picture

For a moment I thought it said "From Sky Net." instead of "From Sky News."


LongSoupLine's picture

ahhh, don't you just love a good "global recovery" story?


"Drink up Mick!"

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Haven't all the Irish leaders been bought off by the one-worlders already? Is there anyone over there in a position of potential authority who actually might do the right thing?

Just asking.

Xibalba's picture

Lot's of bribing to take place between now and then. 

OMG's picture
When the puppets are all made at the same manufactoring site (PsychosRus)  the rest don't matter!


Party On!

Jerry Maguire's picture

The Irish need a jubilee and a gold standard.

They could do it if they got control of their politicians through a constitutional amendment process.  Like the one we need in the US:

There are a few other posts as well. 

The Irish might be able to save western civilization - again.

dearth vader's picture

Yes, they might, but their politicians seem to be on course for a third fuck up, unless the Irish people are prepared to do a Tunesia.

john_connor's picture

Does it matter if the budget and financing plan are approved before hand and only non-core elements of the plan can be reviewed? 

SheepDog-One's picture

Well, Sinn Fein and their IRA counterparts have yet to weigh in with their opinion on the core budget elements as well.

The Axe's picture

joke....they couldn't and won't fix it if you gave them the map,tools and help..they only want more money and thats it...ain't nothing changing.

SheepDog-One's picture

Right, nothing will ever change as outright corruption and relegation to peasant class status for 99% of people in favor of the 1% ruling elite class has finally won the clear battle victory of world history. Uh...yea.

apberusdisvet's picture

Where is the IRA when you need it.  Rise up you nutless ones and grow a set.  Especially all those under 30 who are being sold as debt slaves for a generation or more.

Cyrano de Bivouac's picture

I read a good one the other week. Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

beastie's picture

It's very telling that the "Real IRA" are being very quiet right now. They have been told to shut the hell up. Sinn Fein are going into this election with as much distance between them and their shotgun toting brethern as possible.

Sinn Fein do have a plan B. If they don't get the deciding vote I am guessing it won't be pretty.

Josephine29's picture

When they have the election they would do well to take this advice.

Any new government may look to change the current government’s policy. One area where I suggest they start is the interest-rate which was negotiated on the IMF part of the bailout deal. According to the IMF it offered the money at an interest-rate of just over 3% for 4 years and then rising to 4%. This somehow metamorphosed into the funds being borrowed at a fixed-rate of 5.8%! A much fuller explanation of this is required and a better explanation is required from Ireland’s Finance Minister Brian Lenihan who has recently claimed that the deal cannot and then can be renegotiated. Which one is it Brian?

MacedonianGlory's picture

We hope in Greece to throw out the Socialists.

tbd108's picture

I'm a full-blooded Irishman myself and God knows I wish my countrymen well. However the fools that put themselves on the loser side the biggest per capita mortgage ponzi scheme ever are not likely to easily figure out how to extricate themselves from it.

Ferg .'s picture

Ugh .  I almost wish they had kept the original March 11th date . Now I have to spend the next 4-5 weeks comparing manifestos / researching individual candidates and that shit takes time . Lots and lots of time .

IReallyDontCare's picture

The IRA won't do a damn thing,they are to busy making money from fuel and cigarette smuggling.Do you lot even realise that Sinn Fein got less votes than the greens last time around?All this talk of the IRA being the peoples army is laughable,its nothing but the Irish Mafia! 

beastie's picture

Yup and they used to rob banks and post offices, extortion etc etc.

I dont think they ever crossed the street to drug running and pimping though.

All I can tell you is I never in my life time voted Sinn Fein, Green or anything else. However, if  I still ived in Ireland I would vote Sinn Fein and I think a lot of others would too.

Buck Johnson's picture

I hate to tell them this, but I don't think that Irelands going to go through with this austerity plan.