Labour have bedded with Fianna Fáil in the past and how long did it take Eamon Gilmore to come out and say they would NOT go into Government with Fianna Fáil? Only when the polls declared certain death to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael roaring into a huge lead. Leaving their options wide open for so long tells you something of their philosophy. So while Gilmore and his posse were constantly slamming the Government, they never said they were ruling out a deal. The door is always open with Labour and they can always so a Trevor Sargent if needs be. A vote for Labour is a vote for Fianna Fáil, a vote for the Greens is the same. Fianna Fáil and their corrupt antics should have them be wiped out but it won’t, they always bounce back and they can do it faster than any other party so they might be weak now and you can weaken them more but when they get stronger (in part due to poor opposition) then Labour will u-turn like they like to do.
So what have you got left? Fine Gael? Independents? Socialist Party?
Troublingly, the alternative of not voting/spoiling your vote is not a good option. You need to get out and vote but do it in a clever way. Jason has a quick guide.
And don’t listen to the voting local and on local issues naysayers. Nobody has the right to tell you for what reasons you are voting for but bear in mind that national politics and what parties do nationally has huge influence on local politics anyway. No money or crap money means local politics just stalls.