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    Aside from civil war differences, what exactly are the differences between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail? Of course, they have differences on issues to with the health service and our economic recovery but apart from them, on an ideological basis what exactly are the main differences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiran View Post
    Aside from civil war differences, what exactly are the differences between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail? Of course, they have differences on issues to with the health service and our economic recovery but apart from them, on an ideological basis what exactly are the main differences?
    The FG crowd wash more frequently.

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    Christian Democracy vs Populism.
    Ireland interests are best secured within a more dynamic EU. Vote YES to Lisbon.

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    Christian Democracy vs Populism.
    In my opinion they've very alike but FG are more right wing and always seem to take things one step further than FF would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiran View Post
    Aside from civil war differences, what exactly are the differences between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail? Of course, they have differences on issues to with the health service and our economic recovery but apart from them, on an ideological basis what exactly are the main differences?
    FF places their party before the Nations interests and cherishes corruption.

    FG would be considered more honest.

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    EK told the following story of a Fine Gael TD in an argument with someone who follows the Fintan O'Toole line that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are essentially the same.

    "Give me two differences," the questioner demanded. "Just two, between your lot and Fianna Fáil." The answer came without hesitation.
    "First, Fine Gael never had a corrupt leader.
    Second, we tell the truth about the economy."
    And while we're at it there's a third.
    Economically, we combine decisiveness with direction and we always put the public interest first”.

    I have to say for me personally the main difference can be summed up in one word ‘INTEGRITY’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiran View Post
    Aside from civil war differences, what exactly are the differences between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail? Of course, they have differences on issues to with the health service and our economic recovery but apart from them, on an ideological basis what exactly are the main differences?
    The major difference is that Fine Gael are less nationalist and more internationalist. They are also more middle-class, less working-class and not coincidentally more economically right-wing (as a party; coalition governments are a different matter).

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    FF general are more pro-statism. They seem to let certain institutions have great power over ordinary citizens like trade unions, big developers and the church.

    Were as FG think the government should be run like an insurance company with the Irish people as the share holders, with ability to elects its managers,i.e. TDs.

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    Are you all out of your minds? There is no material difference between FF and FG. There are differences in tone, emphasis, histories and style; however, there are no differences in substance. Some would mention corruption but I don't buy that for a minute- to be corrupt you need a long period in power, but since FG have never had such a period, they did not have ample opportunity to be corrupt. However, even their last 5 minute spell in power was not without scandal. Policy- not that I can see: they both support Lisbon, they are both into restoring the fiscal balance, they both had a hand in our 12.5 corporate tax rate, they both would be comfortable in coalitions with pretty much anyone, and they both ran on simliar policies in 07. Saying that they are different and that those differences are important is no more rational than having a strong emotional preference for Nokia over Motorola.

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    In practice, differences in emphasis lead to differences in substance. For instance, under a Fine Gael government, it's unlikely that we would have had the Defence Forces of the Republic staging a military parade to celebrate the 90th anniversary of an insurrection.

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