PERHAPS not the best St Patrick’s week for Sinn Fein in America. Just to recap… There was Adams and Co’s extended security screening at an airport (leading to missed flights and lost luggage); there was something of a split in the Irish-American lobby; and there was the threat of legal action in America by the Rafferty family. That’s not to mention the private meeting with President Bush that didn’t happen and the continuing ban on Sinn Fein fundraising in the US meant the party had to hand back $100,000 to those who paid to have breakfast with Gerry Adams. In the background, there was the Atlantic interview with Kevin Fulton. Time to blame the neoconcrats? No doubt Mitchel Reiss will be smiling wryly over his cornflakes. Jim Dee hears a more positive spin from Sinn Fein in Daily Ireland.