Ireland: Political parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Liberal
Socialist
Capitalist
Conservative

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Fianna Fáil

Soldiers of Destiny – The Republican Party
Centre-right
RE
EU Parliament
Government

Fianna Fáil is a center-right party and currently represented in parliament with 37 MPs.

Fianna Fáil adheres to conservative values and advocates for the promotion of Irish culture and identity.

Fine Gael

Family of the Irish
Centre-right
EPP
EU Parliament
Government

Fine Gael is a center-right party that is currently represented in parliament with 35 seats.

Fine Gael adheres to conservative values and advocates for free-market principles, personal freedom, and individual responsibility.

Green Party

Green Party
Environment & Climate
G/EFA
EU Parliament
Government

Green Party is a green party that is currently represented in parliament with 12 seats.

The Green Party advocates for environmental protection, sustainability, and green politics. It pursues a policy based on ecological and social values.

Sinn Féin

We Ourselves
Left-wing
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

Sinn Féin is a left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 37 MPs.

Sinn Féin adheres to republican and socialist values. The party advocates for the reunification of Ireland and social justice.

Independents

Independents
Transversal
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

Independents is a party of undefinable orientation and currently represented in parliament with 19 MPs.

Labour Party

Labour Party
Centre-left
S&D
EU Parliament
Opposition

Labour Party is a center-left party that is currently represented in parliament with 6 seats.

The Labour Party adheres to social democratic values and advocates for social justice, workers' rights, and social security.

Social Democrats

Social Democrats
Centre-left
S&D
EU Parliament
Opposition

Social Democrats is a center-left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 6 MPs.

The Social Democrats adhere to social democratic values and advocate for social justice, equality, and human rights.

Solidarity–People Before Profit

Solidarity-PBP
Left-wing
LEFT
EU Parliament
Opposition

Solidarity–People Before Profit is a left party and currently represented in parliament with 5 MPs.

The Solidarity–People Before Profit alliance adheres to leftist values and advocates for social justice, wealth redistribution, and workers' rights.

Aontú

Aontú
Centre-right
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

Aontú is a center-right party and currently represented in parliament with 1 MPs.

Aontú advocates for conservative core values, including the right to life of the unborn and the protection of traditional Irish culture and values.

Independents 4 Change

Independents 4 Change
Left-wing
?
EU Parliament
Opposition

Independents 4 Change is a left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 1 MPs.

Renua Ireland

Renua Ireland
Right-wing
?
EU Parliament
No seats

Renua Ireland is a right-wing party from Ireland.