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Irish election: A United Ireland, a Disunited Kingdom? The rise of the nationalist Sinn Féin party has taken even itself by surprise. The onetime castaway of Irish politics is now the country’s most popular party — notwithstanding continued questions about its dark past.

Irish election: A United Ireland, a Disunited Kingdom? The rise of the nationalist Sinn Féin party has taken even itself by surprise. The onetime castaway of Irish politics is now the country’s most popular party — notwithstanding continued questions about its dark past.

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  1. Beware unintended consequences.

  2. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.dw.com/en/irish-election-a-united-ireland-a-disunited-kingdom/a-52289023) reduced by 88%. (I’m a bot)
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    > Brexit itself may also have become Sinn Féin's perfect storm: Not only has it locked the two larger parties into an extended problematic marriage, but it has also left the prospect of a United Ireland looking far less remote.

    > Ironically, the party's meteoric rise has surprised even itself: It is fielding only 42 candidates to fill Ireland's 160 parliamentary seats, and its success at the expense of other left-wing parties may make it impossible to build a governing bloc.

    > The mechanics of Ireland's electoral system – where 39 constituencies elect between three and five lawmakers each, through a single transferable vote – could yet see Fianna Fáil return with up to 60 members of parliament, despite a smaller share of the popular vote.

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  3. SF in power in the Republic will be a massive stumbling block for a United Ireland.

    There is nothing more likely to turn away moderate unionists from voting for a United Ireland than Sinn Féin being in government in the Republic.

    Anyone voting for SF because they want a United Ireland ASAP is only kidding themselves. Moderate unionists have to be persuaded, not railroaded for a United Ireland to be viable.

  4. Brexit part deux: The cheese stands alone

  5. Britain achieved with the Brexit vote what the IRA never could with armalites and car bombs.

  6. “dark past” lol. That’s like saying Gandhi had a dark past for wanting India to be independent. The United Kingdom is a relic of the past, evidenced even by its very name. *King*dom like wtf how is an entire country of supposedly educated people still fervently in support of a monarchy with literal queens and princesses and shit. You would have to be a literal nutcase to think it’s anything other than good to violently resist such a regime, but for some reason the media acts like the UK is the good guy.

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