Another interesting left field take from Gript to which the MSM establishment appear oblivious…Varadkars ‘backwoodsmen’ are the fourth largest grouping in the Dail…
"Where voters had the opportunity to vote for right-leaning, culturally conservative, anti-establishment populism, they took it. It is fascinating to wonder what might happen were those politicians listed here to form a political party around their shared views – scepticism of climate policy, demands for rural regeneration, a hard line on crime, opposition to health services being clustered and centralised, scepticism of immigration, and all the rest of it.
It is not hard to imagine such a party winning swathes of votes across rural Ireland. Its putative members have already done just that.
Meanwhile, it was an abysmal day for smaller populist and ideological right wing parties, with none of their candidates managing to break 2% in any constituency. There’s a lesson in the contrast between the two outcomes.
The independents who swept back into office, or who were elected for the first time, are rooted in their communities, and trusted by their voters. Michael Healy Rae, accepting victory, underlined this point: “To be a national politician” he said, “you have to be a good local politician first”. On the right of Irish politics, those who succeed are those who have worked for years in their communities and built up trust and support enough to withstand assaults from the national media and Ireland’s plethora of roaming NGOs, who are always seeking a new target".