Ireland election: Well Hello Mary Lou, goodbye two-party politics

All changed, changed utterly. The words of the poet WB Yeats in the wake of Ireland’s uprising against British rule in 1916.They could equally apply to the general election that has just taken place, producing something of a political revolution.For generations, Ireland has been a two-party state – governed by either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael – but there’s a third contender now: Sinn Fein.The party long seen by many as “the political wing of the IRA” has come of age, now fighting its battles at the ballot box.:: Ireland election: What are the main issues? Advertisement In the parish-pump politics of this island, it’s a big deal to have the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in your constituency.But Leo Varadkar, the man who has held that office for the last two years, didn’t top the poll in Dublin West. More from Republic Of Ireland Irish election: Sinn Fein to exclude Fine Gael and Fianna Fail from new coalition – McDonald Irish general election: ‘Astounding’ exit poll predicts three-way tie Ireland election: What are the main issues? Ireland election: Parties make final bids to sway voters Ireland: Prime Minister Varadkar vows to ‘fight on’ despite poll woes ‘You get a taste of… Read full this story

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