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10 Feb 2020 Government 2020: The one certain thing is that nothing is certain »

Government 2020: The one certain thing is that nothing is certain

The count may well go on for days.  The Government formation talks may run for many weeks.  What is clear is that in relation to the make-up of the next administration, nothing is clear. The Sinn Féin surge has confirmed a change in the political landscape in terms of voter sentiment. What is not clear yet is whether this will bring about significant change in the political landscape in terms of public policy. First, the changing public sentiment: Sinn Féin has almost doubled its political support, going from 13.9% of the first preference vote in 2016,...

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14 Jan 2020 Election 2020:  Unfinished Dáil business falls as the campaign begins »

Election 2020:  Unfinished Dáil business falls as the campaign begins

So finally, the Dáil many said would not last a year has been dissolved as it approaches its fourth anniversary. The Government that it produced was a unique political experiment.  Fine Gael received just 25.5% of the popular vote in 2016 but formed the Government, joined by a few independents and kept in office only with the support of Fianna Fáil which had received 24.3% of the vote. Inherently unstable, it has remained in office for longer than anyone expected. Now, polls show Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck once more.  But there...

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