Chris Thornton figures that if Sinn Fein’s Ard Fheis carries a gender equality motion this weekend, then it may be compelled to replace Pat Doherty with a senior female representative. If it comes to that, the actual choice may tell us something about the party’s future strategy in terms of its expansion. The party has by far the most radical approach of any of the main parties in Ireland. Something which it may hoping will generous pay-offs in the longer term.
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