Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Ireland goes to the polls in most unpredictable General Election in years

Close count in Irish vote after Sinn Fein surge Close count in Irish vote after Sinn Fein surge
Travis Berry | 09 February, 2020, 00:51

"Both Conor Murphy and Gerry Adams, and the Sinn Fein machine, slurred his name and they have destroyed any chance for his family to get truth and justice".

"I do think there is need to change, " said Noleen Kelly, 50, who works in the public sector, outside a Dublin polling station.

Other parties have hammered Fine Gael over failings in health care, housing and homelessness.

The latest polls showed both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail faltering at the expense of a surging Sinn Fein headed by Mary Lou McDonald, who was threatening to upend a duopoly of power shared by the two centrist parties since the Republic of Ireland's founding.

Varadkar, the country's first openly gay leader, became Taoiseach - prime minister - in 2017 after the resignation of his predecessor.

Otherwise, it could present an "existential threat, quot; to the Irish economy, he said".

The focus on domestic issues has overshadowed Varadkar's greatest success: protecting Irish interests during negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union.

Varadkar warned voters that Brexit is "not yet over", while London prepares for talks with Brussels to secure a longer-term trade agreement in record time before the end of this year.

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However, David Farrell, a professor of politics at University College Dublin, told the Reuters news agency that the elections could be critical for Sinn Fein, which moved younger voters on the decisive issue of the elections: cost and availability of housing.

Mr Murphy apologised on Wednesday for comments made 13 years ago in the wake of Paul Quinn's murder when he branded the South Armagh man a smuggler and criminal.

On Friday, Martin said Sinn Fein, "have not been cleared of their bloody past".

No party was expected to win enough seats to lead a government by themselves, but various theoretical coalition options have been speculated on in recent weeks, including a FF/SF government or a FF coalition with the Greens and/or Independents, with FF leader Micheal Martin as Taoiseach (prime minister).

Sinn Fein's struggle for a united Ireland has been on the back burner during the election, but the party is calling for a referendum on reunification within five years.

No party is expected to reach the 80-seat threshold to enable it to govern on its own and a coalition administration of some complexion is nearly inevitable.

An Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI poll released this week found Sinn Fein to top the top at 25 percent, followed by FIanna Fail at 23 percent and Fine Gael at 20 percent.

"They want a change in representation and they want a change in government". But Sinn Fein is in a slightly weaker position than its two main rivals, because it isn't fielding candidates in every constituency, and may be unable to find enough like-minded left-leaning allies to form a workable government.

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