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Update: Sinn Féin -- left-wing nationalist party associated with Irish Republican Army -- to attempt to form ruling coalition after winning popular vote plurality

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Discontent lifts Irish nationalists Sinn Fein to verge of power


Opinion polls on Monday showed the party in front of the country’s center-right duopoly of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail - which have taken turns in power for a century - in a political earthquake for the country of 4.8 million...On Monday, Sinn Fein was polling at 25%, ahead of favorites Fianna Fail on 23% and Fine Gael on 20%, in a Ipsos MRBI poll.



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5 hours ago, Jason said:


A TNG episode got banned in the UK for citing united Ireland as an example of successful terrorism. 



I remember hearing that. The High Ground, if I remember right.


So is this bump all due to Brexit and the backstop nonsense? They're not even feeling the checkpoints yet, are they? That stuff doesn't go into effect until the end of the year, right?

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Party disrupts Ireland’s centrist tradition by taking almost a quarter of votes



Sinn Féin will try to form a government in Ireland after apparently winning more votes than any other party in Saturday’s general election – a historic result that upended the political system.


The party leader, Mary Lou McDonald, told cheering supporters on Sunday that a “revolution” had occurred and she would try to form a ruling coalition with other parties. “This is no longer a two-party system,” she said.


Sinn Féin, once a pariah for its IRA links, won almost a quarter of first-preference votes, possibly pipping Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, two centrist rivals that have taken turns ruling Ireland for a century.



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