Ireland election: Referendum on border ‘inevitable’, says ex-premier after Sinn Fein surge

Thanks to the support of young voters the left-wing republican party looks to have topped the popular vote for the first time in modern history, Jon Stone reports

Monday 10 February 2020 19:13
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Newly elected Sinn Fein candidate Chris Andrews is held aloft by supporters
Newly elected Sinn Fein candidate Chris Andrews is held aloft by supporters

A referendum on Irish unification looks “inevitable” within the next decade, a former Taoiseach has said, following electoral success for Sinn Fein in the Republic.

Bertie Ahern, who oversaw the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, said a so-called border poll was probably at least five years away but would happen.

“I think a border poll is inevitable. If you ask me when that is, I think it’s probably five years off at least,” he told the BBC.

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