Irish election: A United Ireland, a Disunited Kingdom?

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The rise of the nationalist Sinn Fein party has taken even itself by surprise. The onetime castaway of Irish politics is now the country’s most popular party — notwithstanding continued questions about its dark past. Saturday’s election in Ireland is the third since the dramatic financial collapse in 2008, and in many ways the political fallout from the 2010 EU-IMF arrival is still being played out. The 2011 election saw the near-wipeout of the centrist Fianna Fail rulers, who had been the largest party in every Irish parliament since the 1930s.