Though not unique among European legislatures, Ireland is one of the few countries within Europe to lack a party subscribing to the tenets of social liberalism. In many respects, Labour comes closest to equating to a Liberal Democrat -style movement, due to its preoccupation with social reform, though elements within FG have also shown liberal strains in the past, as evident through Declan Costello's "Just Society" and the Garret Fitzgerald wing of the party in the Eighties and early Nineties. The current discussions concerning abortion and gay marriage give Government TDs of similar opinion an opportunity to recast the political landscape and thus transform the electoral dynamic. By creating a large liberal centre, the putative SDP would force FF to stick its head above the parapet and firmly nail its colours to the conservative mast. Similarly, Sinn Féin and the ULA would scrap it out for the left-wing vote, forcing both parties to abandon "opposition for opposition's sake" in favour of defined principle. Finally, by effectively moving to a three-party system, a clear definition of policy options would reduce public cynicism and/or apathy surrounding modern politics.