Simply by existing , Sinn Fein on election day can rock the political balance in the Republic. The Indos sketch report calls the furore over a putative Fine Gael- Sinn Fein deal Endas banana skin. Enda Kenny himself splutters denial of any pre-election pact, but what were his people thinking they were doing, speculating about a SF role in any would be coalition with the Greens? It seems a very long shot appeal for last transfers in the Euro poll and wildly premature to talk about general election scenarios. 2012 remains the realistic date, come what may in the economy. The little spat between Kenny and Trevor Sargent relegates to fantasy the thought that the Greens might switch horses in mid term and pull the plug on the coalition.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London