United Ireland could be the next big change engineered by young voters

Emma DeSouza: Majority of young people North and South are hungry for change

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty at the party’s think-in in Dublin on Tuesday. Young voters are proving to be the party’s primary base. Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty at the party’s think-in in Dublin on Tuesday. Young voters are proving to be the party’s primary base. Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire

If the numbers are to be believed, Sinn Féin is on course to become the largest political party in Ireland – both North and South.

The latest polls from LucidTalk and Behaviour & Attitudes forecast an unprecedented development in the history of the party, as well as that of the island of Ireland, with a nine-point lead in Northern Ireland and a 10-point lead in the Republic of Ireland. With polling indicating that enduring inadequacies in the housing and health systems remain the most pressing issues for the populace, the party kept its think-in this week laser-focused on the Government’s chronic policy deficits.

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