Shane Coleman: An election for the ages – what generation voters belong to could determine result

Red C Poll shows younger voters are flocking toward Sinn Féin and opposition while older cohorts happy with FF and FG

Michelle O’Neill, Matt Carthy, Mary Lou McDonald, Shaun Treacy and Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Forget policy issues, ignore traditional party divides and don’t focus exclusively on class – the next general election will be the battle of the generations.

The main chasm in Irish politics today is certainly not the civil war, nor is it even left v right; conservative v liberal or urban v rural.

Those latter cleavages remain. But when it comes to how you’re likely to vote in the next election, age is currently the leading ...