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Islanders Kick off Elections in Ireland

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TEHRAN, Feb 24 (ICANA) – Ireland used to be known as the Celtic Tiger, a reference to the unprecedented economic boom the country experienced between 1995 and 2007.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:42:47 AM
Islanders Kick off Elections in Ireland

But when the world financial crisis hit, Ireland was cruelly exposed because of the risky decision-making by its bankers. Now some 1.8 million people are unemployed, the housing market has crashed, and hundreds of thousands are predicted to leave the country in search of a better life, Press TV reported. No wonder that many ordinary people are skeptical about Friday's parliamentary election. Facing off in a TV debate the three main party leaders argued about how they were going to fix Ireland's broken economy. The ruling party Fianna Fail look set to suffer huge losses on Friday, blamed by most for the financial disaster. The opposition centre right Fine Gael party, led by Enda Kenny, are predicted to be the main beneficiaries with 40% of the vote. But they may have to share power with the Labour party if they don't secure a parliamentary majority. At Fine Gael election headquarters Enda Kenny and his team are quietly confident that the momentum is with them. But the real question is: will they be able to govern Ireland alone or will they have to form a coalition with Labour? At his final campaign press conference Enda Kenny outlined his plan to lead Ireland to economic recovery - focusing on job creation, cutting the huge budget deficit and reforming politics. Barring a political earthquake, Enda Kenny will be taoisheck, or prime minister, by the weekend. But that may prove the easy bit. It'll be much harder to get the country back on its feet and to combat the public's disaffection with politicians.

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