What's Behind The Emergence of the Far Right in Irish politics?

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Political science

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RTE Brainstorm, Updated / Monday, 15 Mar 2021 12:42


The emergence of the far-right, or more accurately the 'radical right', is a new phenomenon in Irish politics. So where did they come from? The rise of the radical right reflects a 40 year trend in politics across Europe. For decades, politics in almost all countries was dominated by centre-right and centre-left parties. These political parties reflected the class systems of industrialised economies where a homogenous group of unskilled and semi-skilled working-class voters aligned with their chief economic interests.