For General Election 2020, Richard Downes is On The Trail, making Prime Time’s online election series. He’s taking a look at the campaigns, trying to find out how they’re put together, what’s involved in planning them, what the Irish people make of the parties’ proposals, and what happens when the camera leaves town.
In this first episode, what’s in a slogan? Fine Gael have gone with ‘A Future to Look Forward To’, Fianna Fáil have ‘An Ireland For All’, Sinn Féin say they’re avoiding slogans, and Labour are yet to launch theirs. All parties seem to put thought into their plans, but do the slogans matter in the end?
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.
Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.
A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.