The Progressive Democrats in the Republic of Ireland have been limping on since their bad result at last year’s General Election when they were reduced to just two members in the Dail – the Irish Republic’s Parliament. They have now decided to call a special conference at which it is highly likely the party will be wound up.
The PDs were a radical party and have seen their ideas, particularly on the economy, adopted by the other parties. Their right wing agenda of tax cuts and privatisation was essentially Thatcherism although it was a description that is rarely uttered in the Republic. The party can justifiably claim credit for much of the economic transformation in the Republic.