Northern Ireland decides its future in historic vote


Sinn Fein and the Alliance Party wish to break the federalist hegemony of the DUP

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Woman outside polling station in Belfast.EFE
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Northern Ireland will vote for its future in a historic election that could be Suppose the end of federalist hegemony and the nationalist replacement of Sinn Fein, The party has historically been associated with the IRA, led by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) by seven figures (26% to 19%), which hopes to close the gap in the final section with calls for a “useful vote”. and a renewed rejection of Ireland’s protocol.

More than 1.3 million voters will take part in voting in a day which could also mark the last increase Naomi Long’s Alliance Party as the Third Political ForceWith its unifying message that has attracted Catholics and Protestants alike, it is eager to leave behind the sectarian hatred and political paralysis of recent years.

5M may eventually have an impact at the national level, spurring local elections to a lesser extent with a . is seen as “referendum” on the leadership of Boris Johnsondevaluation by ‘Partygate’ and other political scandals. The polls predicted the worst results for the ‘Tories’ since the Tony Blair era, with 24% of the vote in 200 municipalities, compared to 39% for Keir Starmer’s Labor Party.

In the final stages of the campaign, Johnson has tried to divert attention from the public. Ukrainian War And television has made noise in the face of the issue that most concerns the British: the cost of living. The Bank of England warned on Thursday that Inflation may go above 10%And with the feeling that everything is progressing, the British went to the elections yesterday.

“We Norilandi are really worried about how to end up,” confessed taxi driver Peter O’Connor on his way to Falls Road, where he might vote (for Sinn Finn). “Federalists insist on blaming the Irish Protocol, but in London they are the same, and it is all because of the energy crisis and Brexit. They voted to get us out of the EU and they knew what was going to happen. Have a complaint?”

“The DUP is a dinosaur and these elections are going to bring them to the brink of extinction”O’Connor, 59, says. “They are still mired in the wars of the past. Young people no longer define themselves as ‘Catholics’ or ‘Protestants.’ But I hope to see it.”

Local leader Michelle O’Neill, who aspires to become “Chief Minister” of Northern Ireland, passed by Sinn Féin headquarters before voting at St Patrick’s School. He was accompanied by strategist John Finucane, who assures that the integration “will serve to take advantage of all our potential.” Facing voters, however, the Nationalist Party has softened its position considerably and prioritized economy and health, incidentally, to attract the moderate vote.

Murals for ‘Republican Heroes’ and ‘United Ireland’ give way to the Union Jack and Unionist slogans at Cupar Way, which is closest to the Berlin Wall in West Belfast. The capital of Northern Ireland is still divided by about a hundred dividing lines.Topped with barbed wire and protected by metal gates that provide access to Shankil Road.

We are now entering federalist territory, with murals paying tribute to “the innocent victims of the IRA and Sinn Féin.” Green and orange replace red and blue. Posters of DUP, UUP, TUV and PUP are hung from lampposts, the four forces of increasingly fragmented federalism.

The leading face here is DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, who has become the target of all outrage in the final stages of the campaign to blame Irish protocol for price increases (up to 19 percent on frozen products). From the “manipulation” report by his own party.

Unionist forces left alone in systematic attack on Irish protocol, given that it served to form a boundary in the Irish Sea. The British government has distanced itself over the past week and has indicated it has no intention of tinkering with the EU again, at least until the future of Ulster becomes clear.

At a polling station on Agnes Street, driving forward with her mother and her own son, 34-year-old Amy Donnelly, admits she will vote “for all four federalist parties”. They question which one to put first, as the system of transferable voting (STV) allows for second “preferences” to elect the Stormont Assembly’s 90 delegates which could be important in the event of a tie.

Admits Donnelly, “What has struck us all the most are the shopping cart and the electricity bill. “I don’t know if it is because of protocol, but things cannot proceed like this. We will need three salaries, not two. At this rate we will not be able to buy even milk.,

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