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Sinn Féin’s result is historic—but it’s a long way from a united Ireland

The process to a poll is complex, and may not even be the party's first priority

By Siobhán Fenton  

Sinn Féin's vote share was motivated by a need for action on welfare and social care, too. Photo: PA

This week, the final results of the Irish general election were announced after two full days of counting. In a leisure centre in Cavan, the last of the newly elected crop of TDs (Teachtaí Dála; members of parliament) were announced to the raucous cheers of the victors and exhausted yawns of the vote counters.

It was a muted end to a 48 hours which changed Irish…

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