Dermot Ahern, the new man at Iveagh House, has conceded that the likely growth of Sinn Féin’s representation in the Dail at the next election will bring them into a government position.He declined to go into further detail, but it seems a significant row back from Bertie’s assertion that whilst associated with a non-state military body they could not take government posts, a few years ago. It might also be read as a sign of optimism in Dublin at the prospects of a definative act of decommissioning from the IRA.
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