Irish 2020 elections explained. The 2020 Irish general election took place the 8th of February. Sinn Féin, a left-wing Irish republican political party won the elections, ending the two-party system that dominated the Republic of Ireland.
The 2 main political parties.
- Fine Gael is a liberal-conservative political party in Ireland.
- Fianna Fáil: seen as a centre-right party (to the right of the Labour Party and Sinn Féin).
Its historical objective is the creation of a united Ireland. Therefore, the fact that Sinn Féin’s victory coincides with Brexit is very significant.
Ireland gained its independence from the UK in 1922, but the north of Ireland wanted to remain part of the UK. This led to a 30-year war between Ireland and Northern Ireland. It ended with the 1998 Agreement: Northern Ireland would remain as part of the UK, and the rest would be the Republic of Ireland.
Weeks (possibly months) of talks and negotiations between party leaders as the results were very close.
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