Sinn Fein's changing support base

Due to appear shortly on the Irish Echo site, this piece from Eamon Lynch takes a critical look at recent claims that the government has removed 200,000 voters from the electoral list in Northern Ireland.

On Sinn Fein’s base support he comments:

“The party casts a wider electoral net today than ever before, a fact evidenced by poll victories and a post-cease-fire influx of first-timers and moderate nationalists. Tossing red meat to the base is gradually less important too because the base just ain’t as green as it once was. Hence the looming disbandment of the IRA won’t trouble supporters as it might have back when those who manned the party barricades paid a heavy price for doing so.”

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