Current Affairs Politics

Labour Versus British Unionists – A Snapshot Of Irish Political History

The wonderful Irish Election Literature blog carries a 1938 anti-Fianna Fáil leaflet from the Irish Labour Party, that also targets the remnants of the British Unionist minority in the South. It is a timely reminder of the political forces that were still extant in the early days of an independent Ireland when the British ethnic minority formed an influential voting block. It also allows us to envision, in part, what the politics of a Reunited Ireland may look like with a far larger British ethnic vote in the north-east of the country.

The political antecedents of Fine Gael relied on the Unionists in the Free State to to take and hold power in the 1920s and ’30s. One wonders what deals “Nationalist” political parties may do in an All-Ireland state with a British Unionist minority and their representatives? Interesting times ahead.

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