Did Ireland Go Populist-Nationalist?

Sinn Féin supporters hold a national flag as votes are counted in Ireland’s national election in Dublin, February 9, 2020. (Phil Noble/Reuters)
In its own way, yes.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast weekend Ireland went through a historic election. Although it has ended in a nearly three-way tie and a round of coalition bargaining, the two major parties that have dominated Irish politics since the founding of the modern state, Fianna Fáil (Soldiers of Destiny) and Fine Gael (Family of the Irish), are in decline. Both lost seats after years in which Fianna Fáil allowed a minority Fine Gael government to rule in a “confidence and supply” arrangement. Fine Gael — a party affiliated with the center-right across Europe and the original beneficiary of Ireland’s economic crash a decade ago —

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