Election 2020 analysis: Sinn Féin surge shows generational split

Fine Gael won only 15.5% of the votes among the youngest 18-24 age group

Candidates Dessie Ellis and Aengus O’Snodaigh of Sinn Féin celebrate their party’s success in the general election at the RDS count centre. Video: Bryan O’Brien

The dead heat between the three biggest parties in the general election reflects a remarkable generational divide between those who voted for the two Civil War parties and those who voted for Sinn Féin.

It is clear from the exit poll that the surge of support for Sinn Féin among younger voters turned the election into a three-way contest – the first time this has happened in the history of the state.

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