WITH THE ELECTION 2016 results not showing any clear winner or alternative coalition, there has been plenty of discussion about the possibility of another general election. The 1980s brought three votes in 18 months, but arguably the two general elections of 1927 offer a better parallel for the current situation. In June 1927, voters abandoned the government party (Cumann na nGaedheal, antecedents of Fine Gael) and turned to the various small parties that entered the fray. At another election three months later, they returned to Cumann na nGaedheal. Why? What happened to the other parties? And does this provide any indicators of what might happen in the aftermath of the current election?

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