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Abstract

Irish politics has often been portrayed as somewhat outside the European norm. In particular, its party system, based as it is on a factional split in a national liberation movement, defies easy categorization in conventional European terms. The standard left-right model does not readily fit the Irish context. Any account of the Irish Labour Party must therefore take cognisance of the distinctive characteristics of Irish politics and the limitations this has imposed on social democracy.

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Party System Progressive Democrat Party Labour Party Democratic Socialist Party European Election 
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