Explaining Sinn Féin’s Election Success
To upend a century of two-party rule, it takes an electoral earthquake. In Ireland, on Saturday, one struck.
Sinn Féin, a group long shunned for its ties to sectarian terrorists, stormed the nation’s general election, beating both of Ireland’s dominant centrist parties in the popular vote. Now starts a frantic, and likely protracted, spell of coalition-building, as the roaring republicans look to lock their mainstream rivals from government.
“Something of a revolution” was underway, said Sinn