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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

Irish Leaders Respond to Three-Way Election Tie : January 14, February 20, and June 27, 2020
Irish Leaders Respond to Three-Way Election Tie
Linda Grimm

Amid growing housing and health care crises along with waning public support, Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar called for the dissolution of the country’s legislature in January 2020, prompting a snap general election scheduled for early February. Varadkar’s party, Fine Gael, and Ireland’s other main political party, Fianna Fáil, faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Sinn Féin, a left-wing nationalist party with historic ties to the violent conflict in Northern Ireland. The poll effectively resulted in a three-way tie, with none of the parties winning more than 25 percent of the vote. Sinn Féin received the most ...

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