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What Sinn Féin's Election Victory Means for Ireland | NY Mag |

In recent years, particularly since Mary Lou McDonald succeeded the long-serving and controversial party leader Gerry Adams in 2018, the party has reformed itself by downplaying its historical militancy and focusing attention on its social-democratic policy agenda. Sinn Féin remains solidly committed to Irish reunification, but McDonald's campaign platform this year focused on social and economic issues like homelessness, rising rents, health-care costs, and hospital waiting lists. Sinn Féin won on Saturday by tapping into popular anger over these issues and focusing that anger on the "duopoly" of the two mainstream centrist parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, the incumbent taoiseach (prime minister), has been leading a minority government propped up by a confidence and supply agreement with Fianna Fáil since 2016, and had hung his hopes for victory this year on a track record of solid economic growth and his own adept handling of Brexit.

But as we have seen in the U.S., economic growth doesn't pay political dividends when it is unevenly distributed, and voters don't care how much the GDP is up when they or their neighbors are struggling to find good jobs or affordable housing.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 03:39:36 PM EST
If it says anyone "won" by getting 24% of the vote its analysis is probably so infected by FPTP thinking to be useful.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 04:28:01 PM EST
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APsplainin | Irish election produces an earthquake as Sinn Fein tops poll
"With more than two-thirds of the seats in parliament filled, Sinn Fein had taken 37, Fianna Fail 25 and Fine Gael 23. No party is likely to reach the 80 seats needed for a majority, making some form of coalition inevitable. But forming a stable alliance looks tough."
by Cat on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 06:08:15 PM EST
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