There was a 5.72% swing* to Fianna Fail in the June election, but their majority is dependent on their performance in Government, writes Richard Sinnott.
ISSUED ON OCTOBER 28, 1975:
A central aim of Fainna Fail policy is to secure by peaceful means, the unity and independence of Ireland as a democratic Republic. We totally reject the use of force as a means of achieving this aim.
Geraldine Kennedy presents a glossary of Jack Lynch's statements on Northern and constitutional policies over the last decade, revealing that he has maintained a consistency - almost - on the Northern question but has vacillated on the constitutional issue.
THE IRISH LEFT has been characterized by a sectarianism of its own for several decades - Brendan Behan said of republican organisaations that the first item on the agenda at all their inaugural meetings was 'the split' - so perhaps it is salutory that two such groups are contemplating fusion over the next few months. By Gene Kerrigan
The following are extracts from an interview with Garret FitzGerald on some of the key issues in Irish politics.
Liam Cosgrave was the major casualty of 1977, having begun the year, as he began the election campaign, believing that he was invincible. The coalition failed to commission opinion polls to determine the state of public opinion before the election and when their first polls became available a few days after the campaign was begun, several ministers took themselves back to their constituencies to save their own hides. Cosgrave, however, either didn't believe the polls or didn't understand their significance and, right up to the election count, remained convinced that he was invulnerable.
THEY DON'T NEED ME,' says Noel Browne, TD. He says it with no mock modesty, a hint of satisfaction and a perceivable measure of hope. He is explaining that the recently formed Socialist Labour Party 'is not, repeat not, Noel Browne's New Party'. By Gene Kerrigan
The career of one who left school at the age of 14 to work as a waiter and who later became Professor of Economics at Trinity College, exemplifies all the traditional virtues Fianna Fail likes to extol and defend.'
A profile of Martin O'Donoghue, by Joseph O'Malley, political correspondent of the Sunday Independent.
How do members of the 21st Dail rate in their attitudes to women? Mary Holland examines a recent survey and comes up with some surprising answers.