Geeing up Sinn Féin..

Hearts and Minds‘ Julia Paul’s report on the state of Sinn Féin ahead of their weekend Ard Fheis includes, among contributions from Richard English and Eoin Ó Broin, the declaration from founding editor of Lá, Gearóid Ó Cairealláin, that he won’t vote for Sinn Féin again. In the studio interview that followed Gerry Adams responded, “Gearóid Ó Cairealláin’s a friend of mine..”, “I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t vote for Sinn Féin.” Update Adams interview in full below the fold.

Part 1 of Noel Thompson interviewing Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams.

And part 2.

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  • dunreavynomore

    Imagine that, the cheek of Gearóid Ó Caireallain thinking that he knew which party he would vote for next election! Surely he must know that OUR GREAT BEARDY LEADER knows our very minds better than we know them ourselves. I wonder does he (the great LEADER)know when ar lá will tiocfaidh?

  • bruiser

    I found Gerry Adams on Hearts and Minds very disappointing. He spoke very generically, did not say anything specific regarding policy or the way forward for Sinn Fein and he demonstrated that he is still out of his depth when it comes to the economy. He looks like a man who is lost in the normal democratic politics.

  • Mack

    Pete

    Your headline conveys a completely different meaning to the one I presume you intend to convey, south of the border.

    http://www.dublinpeople.com/interact/dublindictionary/e-j.shtml

  • Carson’s Cat

    “He spoke very generically, did not say anything specific regarding policy or the way forward”

    Disappointing, but not surprising…. that’s all he can do!

    Unless he’s waxing lyrical about Cuba or some irrelevant rubbish he’s completely lost. Actual politics isn’t his game. You’d think even the Shinners would have copped onto that one by now

  • lets see that in slow motion!

    “So many murders during the Northern Ireland Troubles have obviously left living casualties.
    Now, a fiction inspired by the experiences of a perpetrator and a victim is to be screened on BBC television.
    And what an all star-local cast! ”

    lifed verbatim from BBC news.

    (bad b*****ds corporation ?)

  • Quagmire

    Their percentage of vote keeps increasing at every election though, both north and south. They must be doing something right.

  • Todd

    Politicans in the 26 don’t seem to know much about the economy either! They sure can waffle though.

  • Quagmire

    Their percentage of vote keeps increasing at every election though, both north and south. They must be doing something right.

    Yeah, they keep conning people. They have an unconvincing leader with an unconvincing party.

  • the witches tit

    quagmire,
    ‘the percentages of votes…’
    yes , in the 26 co’s they stood far more candidates than before so in reality a decrease.
    They have no politics, no understanding of economics and were excellent at being ‘agin’things but have no positive ideas to put forward. The funny thing about this is that when members queried the party’s policies they were accused of being ‘negative’, the very essence of the present sinn Fein.

  • Billy

    John O’Connell

    “They have an unconvincing leader with an unconvincing party”

    I’m no fan of Sinn Fein or Adams. However, as Quagmire rightly says, their percentage of votes keeps increasing – to a level that the SDLP can only dream of.

    Doesn’t say much for Durkan or the SDLP does it?

  • Billy

    However, as Quagmire rightly says, their percentage of votes keeps increasing

    Soon enough people will see through the conmanship to a party that is simply too lightweight to ever deliver any of the things it says it can deliver.

    A party of amateurs trying to fool people into taking them seriously and patting itself on the back everytime it gets a few extra voters to believe that their cynicism is better. Frankly, their cynicism hads been tried up North and on almost every aim they have been found wanting.

    It was the same in the Irish general election two years ago when their vote collapsed (to prove your argument wrong)because Gerry Adams was seen through and perceived not to have a clue about the economy.

  • I would like to contribute a few thoughts to stir the pot. What is Sinn Fein’s biggest fear in Northern Ireland?

    Their biggest fear is that they can not sustain their ascendancy as the largest Nationalist party.

    The proof?

    The very fact that they came to an agreement to get the executive meeting again without extracting anything significant from the DUP.

    In my view, they made the right calculation but it was a genuine political surrender. I think it is only a matter of time before nationalist voters rationalise their thoughts about what happened last November and realise the naked vulnerablity of Sinn Fein’s position. At that point, Sinn Fein’s “magic dust” will start to disintegrate.

    Sinn Fein are losing face on more than one front. If they dont resume their electoral advance in ROI soon, it is only a matter of time before a perception reaches NI Nationalists that they are ineffective as a political organistation in the South. They badly need to avoid losing their ROI euro seat.

    I agree with comment No. 10 regarding the SDLP. I would go further and say that the SDLP even now – without changing their policies – if they had a much more dynamic leader, would be odds on favourites to take the Nationalist seat in the forthcoming Euro elections.

    In the absence of an effective SDLP, Sinn Fein will take a while longer to lose its ascendancy as the mainstream nationalist party in NI.

    All of that is assuming that normal politics will not soon begin to kick in. I wont argue about NP tonight, seeing as so many commenters visiting Slugger disagree with me that there is a chance of that happening. We’ll have to let voters do the talking on that one.

  • IJP

    Seymour

    What makes you say that?

    What is the SDLP for, these days, in your opinion?

  • Quagmire

    “They have no politics, no understanding of economics”
    Posted by the witches tit on Feb 21, 2009 @ 01:13 AM

    Is this a comment in relation to Fianna Fail?