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This is the definitive analysis of the 2011 Irish General Election.
The collapse of the Irish ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy, in the wake of the biggest banking disaster ever, provoked a joint EU/IMF rescue plan to sustain the Irish economy and support the Euro in late 2010. The election that followed saw Europe’s most successful ever party lose more than half of its vote and almost three quarters of its seats. The depth of the crisis, and the widespread criticism of the political system as a whole led to expectations that the elections would fundamentally change Irish politics. Bringing together leading political analysts, as well as winners and losers from the campaign trail, How Ireland Voted 2011 brings the drama of Ireland’s ‘earthquake election’ to life.