Leo Varadkar Irelands leader has had a troubling year. Fine Gael, his center-right party, slumped in the polls now sitting in third place behind Fianna Fail (also center-right) and Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein is the big shocker; it sits in the first place. The party traditionally had ties with the Irish Republican Army, a violent terrorist organization.

Why the trouble?

Irelands GDP grew by almost 5% last year compared with 2% for the rest of the EU. Still, pollsters are more concerned with the failing health sector and a massive cost of living, Ireland has soaring homelessness due in part to expensive home-rent cost (one of the highest in the world).

Young voters seen for Sinn Fein’s rising popularity, tend to lean left and with Sinn Fein promising rent freezes, substantial public spending, and a United Ireland referendum. The young can afford to turn a blind eye as they have no memory of the bloody troubles.

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