Ian and Eileen watch Fair City!

OK.. maybe not. Steven King in the Belfast Telegraph with a unionist perspective on the topic of Dermot Ahern’s comments – which must by now, surely, have had every possible interpretation considered.

  • David Vance

    Let us be charitable and assume that Steven is indeed a unionist; the question remains how he can conclude that the DUP has boosted Sinn Fein fortunes in the Republic?

    The elevation of Sinn Fein/IRA has been brought about by the serial stupidity of the pro-Agreement community – at the heart of which lies (and I use that word advisedly) the UUP. And at the heart of the UUP, lies Steven.

    Perhaps Steven’s appearances at political cabarets in Dublin have rather skewed his views? Mmm..

  • George

    Have to agree with David. The DUP position has nothing to do with the rise of SF south of the border.

    The main factor, apart from the ceasefire (blah blah) is the party’s continued endorsement as a democratic entity by the British and Irish governments.

    The previous UUP position wasn’t a relevant factor in my view though.
    People south of the border look at how nationalists vote not unionists. If the nationalist community decided that SF was the party to represent them, then that’s good enough for a large proportion of the Irish Republic’s electorate.

  • El Presidente

    Eventually David you are going to have to face the fact that Sinn Fein are possibly the most dynamic party in the whole of Ireland and in urban areas in the south are outstripping Labour. Why do you think the PDs spend so much time condemning them? They realise that if and when the IRA decommission they will become Fianna Fail’s chosen coalition partner. Maybe the fact that the DUP are seen as willing to do business with the shinners is lending them some credibility?

  • Butterknife

    The rise of the DUP are, in my opinion, based on the success of Sinn Fein in securing an increasing mandate due to their ability to secure political victories from the jaws of factual failures. The positive images of SF doing

  • George

    SF will in the next couple of years (or maybe even sooner) recognise that President McAleese is the head of the only legitimate Oglaigh na hEireann on this island. This will only increase the level of all-island politics.

    What interests me is where will this leave the DUP and unionism in general?

    They have started this ball rolling that this whole home rule process for the North is some sort of sop to republicans so that we now have a situation where the majority (open to correction on that one) of unionists would prefer direct rule to continue rather than what they see as a little local autonomy that involves even a “sanitised” SF running education, justice or whatever.

  • barnshee

    “It has to be pointed out that Sinn Fein

  • willowfield

    It only takes one party to divorce the other.

  • Butterknife

    If there is a united Ireland will that mean the DUP will become a republician party? *ahum*