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Support for Sinn Fein a triumph of protest politics and anti-establishment cynicism

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain arrive for the unveiling of the Sinn Fein billboards, advertising and new posters across Dublin for the Euro and Local elections at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain arrive for the unveiling of the Sinn Fein billboards, advertising and new posters across Dublin for the Euro and Local elections at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke

Polls for the forthcoming Euro and local elections are ominous, indicating a clear shift in favour of parties like Sinn Fein, left-wing protest groups and independents.

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This follows a pattern of voters' flight from traditional parties in recent elections, most notably the game-changer of 2011.

The current Coalition is essentially a national government. The only ideology is national recovery, which requires painful and unpopular cuts in public spending, proving catastrophic for the Labour Party in particular.

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