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So why didn't younger voters care about Sinn Fein crimes?

Eilis O'Hanlon


Their dismissive attitude to SF's crimes shows its young supporters are nowhere near as caring as they like to think, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Many young people in Ireland seemed to think they were terribly radical and bold by voting for Sinn Fein at this election.

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Newsflash, whippersnappers - your daring anti-establishment pose is nothing new. The young have always tacked as far left as they can at the ballot box in an effort to distinguish themselves from their boring, bourgeois elders. The only reason older people take a different view is that they've been there, done that, and got the T shirt, and know that it doesn't work.