It’s The South, Stupid (Apologies To James Carville…)

Eoin O Murchu, in the aftermath of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, analyses the party’s current position in The Village. His analysis concludes that the party appears to be focusing energies on development South of the border as the key to driving an all-Ireland agenda in the time ahead, in the expectation that stalemate in the north may continue for some time yet.

  • Pete Baker

    For all the hype in the article there is little acknowledgement that the impact on the electorate, as evidenced by the most recent poll in the Sunday Business Post [taken after the Ard Fheis btw], was in fact negligible.. unless of course Eoin is wrong about how wonderful the Ard Fheis actually was.. or he is wrong about the supposed appeal of the much vaunted “radical character of its economic and fiscal proposals”.

  • alfredo

    a stick writing about new sticks in exactly the same way he used to write about the old sticks…plus ca change….!

  • Shore Road Resident

    This guy is the political editor or RTE Irish language radio. How can a state broadcaster justify employing such a blatant party mouthpiece?

  • The Village must have two dozen readers now. A revolution its not.

  • Ya SRR I have wondered the same thing my self. Is the Village the glossy weekly version of Daily Ireland now?

  • The Dubliner

    Chaps, try not to become seized comical hysterical impotent every time you read an article that isn’t written by a unionist mouthpiece, apologist, or stooge. 😉

  • The Dubliner

    “seized by comically hysterical impotence” too 😉

    Strand One of the GFA has hit the buffers. The next step will likely be a form of Joint Authority. That will lead swiftly to a UI (as Unionist won’t have an obstructionist role in the process) as the British government seeks to offload a 5 billion annual drain on its budget. If Sinn Fein is in coalition in the south, then Unionists will be governed by Sinn Fein more directly than they will be comfortable with. Thems the breaks!

  • Alan

    I read the Village every week, it may be given to the production of the occasional oddity ( and O’Murchu is certainly the oddest of the bunch ) but it still opens up a side of the Republic that I had no inkling of previously.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    ‘His analysis concludes that the party appears to be focusing energies on development South of the border as the key to driving an all-Ireland agenda in the time ahead, in the expectation that stalemate in the north may continue for some time yet.’

    A focus of energies, that the partitionist SDLP for all their much vaunted nouveau republicanism cannot even begin to replicate.
    Even at the current 10% of support in the Southern part of our country the party is likely to garner anything up to 15 TD’s, a postion that will continue to concentrate the minds of political opponents and the media.
    Indeed the 10% figure is remarkable taking into account the ferocity of the anti SF onslaught among sections of the print media. The particular paper who employ a full time cadre of anti SF hacks must be particularly disappointed at the stubborn resistance of the SF vote.

    Post the next Dail elections, like it or not, SF are going to be major players in every part of this island.