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Irish Elections

Sinn Fein Beats Main Irish Parties

There are fresh concerns over the prospect of the UK and the EU agreeing to a trade deal in light of recent political developments in Ireland The Irish elections delivered a surprise outcome this week. Sinn Fein, which emerged as the political wing of the IRA, received the most votes nationwide.

Traditionally, the Irish political environment has been viewed as a two-party system lead by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. However, the results of the 2020 general elections showed Sinn Fein beating both these parties with 24.5% of the vote. Fianna Fail trailed in second place with 22.2% of the vote. Fine Gael came in third with a surprisingly low of 20.9%.

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The political upset echoes the surprise outcomes of the Brexit referendum in 2016 and Trump’s election the following year. It also raises serious concerns over the health of Brexit negotiations and the future of Ireland within th...

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