27 Feb '11, 10pm

#Ireland's incoming government on a collision course with #EU #Culture

DUBLIN - Ireland's incoming government is headed for confrontation with Brussels after the country's ruling party was wiped out on Saturday by voters in a huge popular backlash against a European Union-International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity programme. Exit polls and early tallies from Ireland's general election heralded political annihilation for Fianna Fail (FF), the party which has ruled for more than 60 years of the Irish Republic's eight decades of independence. The unprecedented and historic defeat, FF's worst result in 85 years, makes the Irish government the first euro zone administration to be punished by voters in the aftermath of the European Union's debt crisis. Voter turnout was exceptionally high at more than 70 per cent, indicating public anger at the government and the EU. The shape of the next government is hanging in the balance as counting continued ...

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