THERE'S A GENERAL ELECTION dead ahead in Ireland and today's Sunday broadsheets document the results of a Sunday Business Post Red C poll  that suggests if an Irish citizen votes for Labour, it helps ensure Fine Gael occupies the seat of Taoiseach. More than anything else, the front page coverage of the poll's results points to how the current Irish general election system is broken. It reduces Irish national politics to a victim of the party whips and it serves to offer a career path to local councillors who finish their working days as well-pensioned national politicians. In a related front page item, Cliff Taylor unveils details from the Irish Department of Finance that clearly warned about "pro-cyclical fiscal action" that contributed to the meltdown of the Irish economy. 
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1. Pat Leahy -- "First poll of campaign shows election is Fine Gael's to lose" on the front page of the Sunday Business Post, January 30, 2011.
2. Cliff Taylor -- "Report: Dept of Finance warned government of dangerous policies" on the front page of the Sunday Business Post, January 30, 2011.
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