Prime(time) focus for SF is south

The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis starts tomorrow and they have a very professional broadcast to go with it. This year, for the first time, they have opted for a half hour slot on RTÉ1 on Saturday at 8.30pm for Gerry Adams’ Presidential address. Normally they go for the full hour broadcast earlier in the evening.

This has impacted on the coverage they will get on BBCni (who have upped their conference coverage this year) with the party shunted to graveyard BBC2 starting at 9.15pm (not live) – something they do not note at all on their website while flagging the RTE coverage.

An unusual choice to maximism coverage in the south at the expense of the north when that is the area facing an imminent election but perhaps indicative of where the party’s priorities lie and/or their confidence ahead of the Westminster poll?

If Mick doesn’t open the LiveBlog for it I will.