Great surprise for the elections in Ireland: three parties of the same size to be elected
Ireland appears to have three equal-sized parties in the elections. Prime Minister Varadkar’s Fine Gael is in the exit poll at 22.4 percent of the votes. Sinn Fein, the former political branch of terror group IRA, stands at 22.3 percent and the conservatives of Fianna Fáil at 22.2 percent.
On the basis of the exit poll, Sinn Fein in particular made a big profit. The party won about half of the votes of Fine Gael in the previous elections. Varadkar’s party was in third place in the polls yesterday. The vote count starts tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The first results then follow in the afternoon.
A political reporter from the Irish public broadcaster RTÉ expects that the formation will be very difficult. Party leader McDonald of Sinn Fein wants to insist on a referendum on a united Ireland in possible coalition talks, but Varadkar does not like that at all.
The Christian Democrats of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have dominated Irish politics since the country gained its independence in 1921. The parties are reluctant to cooperate with Sinn Fein because of the IRA past.