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Eoin O’Broin: The Sinn Fein housing spokesman 'got it' and harnessed the outrage

Eoin O’Broin: The Sinn Fein housing spokesman 'got it' and harnessed the outrage

Eoin O’Broin: The Sinn Fein housing spokesman 'got it' and harnessed the outrage

On Sunday afternoon, as the first election results began to filter in, RTÉ revealed the findings of one exit poll in which voters were asked to cite their single most important voting issue.

At 32pc, health was the keystone issue for almost a third of voters. Next came housing at 26pc, cited by over a quarter. The issue in third place was that of pensions. This was raised by eight per cent of voters. Other bogey issues the main parties had deemed to be priorities were somewhere else, lost, off in the ether.

That poll provided the only answer stunned politicians need regarding the outcome of Election 2020. Health and housing: 58pc. Nothing else was even at the races. The voting population didn't undergo a Road to Damascus conversion to republican/socialist ideals. They had two big issues festering and saw Sinn Féin as the only party which (a) grasped their importance and (b) seem to be the only party which might address them in a serious enough manner (Sinn Féin addresses everything in a serious manner).