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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 08:43 AM
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9. Ireland rather disproves your point, doesn't it?
It shows that, in their IRV voting - ie for president - a 3rd party candidate - Mary Robinson, Labour - did get elected recently. So, in the past 15 years, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour have all had either a President (in the IRV election) or a PM (in the STV election for representatives).

Just looking at the IRV presidential election, we see that in the last 2 elections: in 1997, FF won, with FG 2nd; in 1990, Mary Robinson (basically Labour, but she did also get the support of the Workers' Party) won, with FF 2nd, FG 3rd. And these elections produced very popular presidents - so popular that no-one bothered running against McAleese in 2004. There's no way you can call that '2 party dominated'.
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