Sunday 23 April 2017

UK elections always matter to us, but Brexit makes this one crucial

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, as she calls for an early election on June 8 Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, as she calls for an early election on June 8 Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Not since Ireland won our independence has there been a British general election of such importance to this country as the upcoming one on June 8.

Of course elections across the Irish Sea have always mattered to us - a combination of a post-colonial hangover, the immense trade and cultural links with Britain and, of course, the impact on events in the North meant that we always cared about the outcome.

But you have to go back to December 1918 - when Sinn Féin usurped the Irish Parliamentary Party and proclaimed the establishment of Dáil Éireann - to find a UK election with the potential to have such a direct impact on our lives here in Ireland.

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