Sinn Fein Only Stands to Gain From Ireland’s Political Deadlock

Thomas Gould of the Sinn Fein party celebrating with supporters after the election, in Cork, Ireland, Feb. 9, 2020 (Photo by Yui Mok for Press Association via AP Images).
Thomas Gould of the Sinn Fein party celebrating with supporters after the election, in Cork, Ireland, Feb. 9, 2020 (Photo by Yui Mok for Press Association via AP Images).
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Ireland’s general election earlier this month was, by all accounts, historic. For the first time, the staunchly nationalist and leftist Sinn Fein party won the popular vote, even as it failed to secure the highest number of parliamentary seats under Ireland’s complicated electoral system. Equally important was the continued decline of the two traditionally dominant parties, Fianna Fail and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, one of which has led every government since Ireland’s independence in 1921. Now, it is conceivable that neither will be involved in the next government. Conceivable, but still unlikely. As the party that narrowly won […]

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