McDowell: Ahern May Cosy Up To Sinn Fein

Having suffered a humiliating retreat following his targeting of the Greens and Fine Gael in recent days, Justice Minister Michael McDowell has returned to type and renewed his attacks on Sinn Fein in an interview where he flags up the prospect of Ahern approaching the party to form a coalition. Whilst the verbals may keep his profile up and owe more to scare tactics than anything more substantial, the latest opinion poll ahead of next year’s General Election indicates Sinn Fein’s support rising to the pre-2005 levels. The poll suggests the Greens are also on the up, whilst Fianna Fail have slid to 33%, down 2% on last month.