99 years ago today - the last all-island election

Breanainn

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The story of Sinn Féin's electoral victory and subsequent establishment of Dáil Éireann has become totemic within Irish political and cultural life, but because the story is so well-known, perhaps the lesser-known elements deserve greater examination, such as the situation in Ulster. In many respects, the political status quo there remained unchanged until 1970, with the Labour Unionists represented in Stormont, and the IPP merely changing their title to Nationalist Party. Similarly, a non-Dubliner would be surprised to note the unionist representation in Rathmines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1918
 


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The story of Sinn Féin's electoral victory and subsequent establishment of Dáil Éireann has become totemic within Irish political and cultural life, but because the story is so well-known, perhaps the lesser-known elements deserve greater examination, such as the situation in Ulster. In many respects, the political status quo there remained unchanged until 1970, with the Labour Unionists represented in Stormont, and the IPP merely changing their title to Nationalist Party. Similarly, a non-Dubliner would be surprised to note the unionist representation in Rathmines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1918

Surely you mean the last Westminster election that included all of Ireland.

That election was not limited to just the island of Ireland. It was a UK-wide general election.
 

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Surely you mean the last Westminster election that included all of Ireland.

That election was not limited to just the island of Ireland. It was a UK-wide general election.
And 99 years later they are using the same excuse about Brexit. The similarities might not end there, you know. ;)
 

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Important to the outcome was the expansion of the franchise under the Representation of the People Act, which created a largely working class electorate more favourable to Republicanism.
 

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The story of Sinn Féin's electoral victory and subsequent establishment of Dáil Éireann has become totemic within Irish political and cultural life, but because the story is so well-known, perhaps the lesser-known elements deserve greater examination, such as the situation in Ulster. In many respects, the political status quo there remained unchanged until 1970, with the Labour Unionists represented in Stormont, and the IPP merely changing their title to Nationalist Party. Similarly, a non-Dubliner would be surprised to note the unionist representation in Rathmines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1918


The 1918 Westminster election also threw up an interesting result in Liverpool, England. In the "Liverpool Scotland" constituency T.P. O'Connor retained his Westminster seat - a win for the Irish Nationalist Party.

Support for Irish nationalism was not confined to the island of Ireland. There was some support for it in England, Scotland and Wales.
 

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The story of Sinn Féin's electoral victory and subsequent establishment of Dáil Éireann has become totemic within Irish political and cultural life, but because the story is so well-known, perhaps the lesser-known elements deserve greater examination, such as the situation in Ulster. In many respects, the political status quo there remained unchanged until 1970, with the Labour Unionists represented in Stormont, and the IPP merely changing their title to Nationalist Party. Similarly, a non-Dubliner would be surprised to note the unionist representation in Rathmines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election%2C_1918
That is a very informative and interesting link.

Thanks.
 

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And 99 years later they are using the same excuse about Brexit. The similarities might not end there, you know. ;)
What excuse is involved?

It's a fact, not an excuse.

The Brexit referendum was a UK-wide referendum.
 

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What excuse is involved?

It's a fact, not an excuse.

The Brexit referendum was a UK-wide referendum.

To serve the purpose of an elite exploiting a (Little) English obsession...a (Dis)United Kingdom, fractured and fracturing...
 

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The story of Sinn Féin's electoral victory and subsequent establishment of Dáil Éireann has become totemic within Irish political and cultural life, but because the story is so well-known, perhaps the lesser-known elements deserve greater examination, such as the situation in Ulster. In many respects, the political status quo there remained unchanged until 1970, with the Labour Unionists represented in Stormont, and the IPP merely changing their title to Nationalist Party. Similarly, a non-Dubliner would be surprised to note the unionist representation in Rathmines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_1918
Good OP.

Maybe add this map to it to show exactly the impact of the election...
 

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Important to the outcome was the expansion of the franchise under the Representation of the People Act, which created a largely working class electorate more favourable to Republicanism.
Coupled with the fact that the nationalist leadership brow-beat the leaders of the ILPTUC into not standing (with the exception of Belfast) and the leaders of the ILPTUC were too weak-kneed to stand up to the diktats of nationalism.
 

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The 1918 Westminster election also threw up an interesting result in Liverpool, England. In the "Liverpool Scotland" constituency T.P. O'Connor retained his Westminster seat - a win for the Irish Nationalist Party.

Support for Irish nationalism was not confined to the island of Ireland. There was some support for it in England, Scotland and Wales.
There still is - any poll I've ever seen taken in Britain shows a majority in favour of ending British rule and for the reunification of Ireland.
 


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