Gerry Adams in interview with An Phoblacht, acknowledges that expectations, even at leadership level within the party were ignoring the party’s performance in 2002, and suggests that in reality there was probably only ever one gain (in all likelihood he’s referring to Padraig MacLochlainn, who, the tallies suggest, only missed out because Cecilia Keavney was eliminated before Niall Blaney). Jim Gibney scopes out the problem of cultural and political departure that eighty years of partition has created for the party. Whilst over at the Irish Democrat, Moya St Leger wonders why there is such pessimism within the Republic, when unification is closer than it has ever been.
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