| 7.5°C Dublin

Close

Premium


It was the masses against the classes, and the Shinners just seemed to care more

Larissa Nolan


Close

People power: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with her supporters after being elected at the RDS Count centre on Sunday. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

People power: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with her supporters after being elected at the RDS Count centre on Sunday. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Getty Images

People power: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with her supporters after being elected at the RDS Count centre on Sunday. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It's easy to see in retrospect, with GE2020 vision.

There was a lot of talk of political plates shifting, a palpable sense of aspirational anger and a mood of revolt.

Coming closer to the election date, with polls showing Sinn Féin in the lead, there was an air of wild abandon in this country that I haven't seen since Italia '90. It translated into an electorate where one in four of those around you voted Sinn Féin.