“Gerry Adams’ Most Effective Opponent? Bertie Ahern”

So opines Chris Thornton, continuing a theme that has been lurking here, the possibility that Fianna Fail will open a Northern shopfront after the election is over.

Brian Feeney builds on that theme, says that since December, the Irish Government has said to Sinn Fein and the IRA, come back to us when decommissioning is done. Gerry Adams, beginning with his statement at the start of the campaign, has built the whole campaign – which is stepping up to fever pitch in the last days, with mini-manifestos aplenty sufficient to wallpaper every front hall in the North – around an answer to that challenge.

What do you think?