It’s a well-worn epithet, liberally applied throughout the Irish social media grapevine to Fine Gael and their supporters. It has seen an increase in use in recent years, with Google Trends noting an uptick in searches for the term “blueshirts” and “Fine Gael blueshirts” since Leo Varadkar, ever the divisive figure, took the party reins from Enda Kenny in 2017.
ne week ago, Sinn Féin were in the media crosshairs as a result of a scandal that saw party members posing as independent pollsters. In the week since, embattled Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had to come clean about his own election campaigns’ propensity for using paid students and even fake business cards in a similar capacity to portray non-existent market research companies to unsuspecting voters. By the time the Sunday Times released its latest poll yesterday, Sinn Féin had surged to a historic 10% lead over the party of Michael Collins.Read More A Moment In Time: How Sinn Féin Could Win It All