Bertie’s difficulty, Sinn Fein’s opportunity…?

It’s a bit premature to be talking about long term consequences of a crisis that hasn’t quite caught full fire. But there is a certain lack of completeness in the Taoiseach’s explanation of the smaller amount he received for talking to a group of Manchester businessmen. At least one of the offline Dublin papers suggests that this may be the smoking gun. In which case, that work that the Sinn Fein ‘foot soldiers’ are putting in to a small but significant slice of FF’s voters, may just have found a useful dynamic to tip a significant chunk towards 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