Whatever you think of his views, Noel Whelan knows southern electoral politics like few other public commentators. He sees Ahern’s shutting out Sinn Fein from a future coalition with his party as recognition of an important electoral reality. Much as SF is growing in popularity, there’s a much larger section of the electorate that is antipathetic to them.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty