“Sinn Féin are increasingly looking acceptable and palatable”

Nice piece of analysis from Cormac O’Cuilan at politico.ie on Sinn Fein’s progress in the southern polity:

In the soup that is the 31st Dáil; Sinn Féin are increasingly looking acceptable and palatable. Side by side with Fianna Fáil and the Independents, their credibility as opposition (and future government) parliamentarians, is on the rise. As an organised, coherent and legitimate voice of protest in the face of the economic turmoil they threaten the well that both Fianna Fáil and Labour draw from. However, the hijacking of the tri-colour and references to a 32 County Ireland continue to jar for most.

That’ll be the banging from Malachi’s mad old uncle in the attic

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  • Dec

    ‘However, the hijacking of the tri-colour and references to a 32 County Ireland continue to jar for most.

    Really? Look where ‘post-nationalism’ got the South.

  • pippakin

    “However, the hijacking of the tri-colour and references to a 32 County Ireland continue to jar for most.”

    I don’t think its the ideal (if SF having an ideal is not a contradiction) people have a problem with, its the refusal to recognise the impossibility of it for the time being. It also has the knock on effect of making virtually everything else they say sound implausible.

  • dwatch

    Gerry, you forgot to tell the readers of Irish Echo the truth about the total collapse of the economy of Ireland’s 26 counties. Nobody in their right mind wants to live in a country that is broke even many Catholics from Northern Ireland who know were they live now they are much better off.

    A matter of opinion, but not of fact
    JUNE 30TH, 2011 By Gerry Adams


  • Cahir O’Doherty

    While SF are certainly increasing their reputation in the South as a potential government in waiting their main problem isn’t exactly their continual references to a 32 county Ireland but rather their framing of every issue in constitutional terms.

    The same is true of their time in Stormont: rather than concentrate on and resolve issues that matter for the sake of resolving them because they matter, SF tend to spin everything they do as somehow working towards achieving a united Ireland. While that may be a good goal it shouldn’t be the driving principle behind everything a party does and frankly, I feel, puts a lot of people who would consider themselves socialist post-nationalist (in the Hume sense) off.

    In the end, SF won’t get a united Ireland because of their time in government in Stormont or because of their striling opposition in the Dail. That can only come about through a referendum. What SF perhaps need to do is provide a credible track record of doing things that need to be done because they need to be done and use that reputation to help build a consensus on a united Ireland.

  • Mick Fealty

    Care to ‘unpack’ that one for us Dec?

  • dwatch

    ‘That can only come about through a referendum.’

    A referendum will only happen if a future survey from Life & Times reports support from Catholics for a UI reaches a lot more than 16%, otherwise it would be a waste of money.

    Falling support for a united Ireland – study

    Just 16 per cent of people in Northern Ireland want to see the border removed, finds the newly-published Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey for 2010.


  • ayeYerMa

    no one learns on this island – the moral rot continues.

  • Neville Bagnall

    I would expect them to hold on to the nationalist voters they took from FF for at least the foreseeable future.
    They will gain most of the growing eurosceptic vote.
    They will gain votes at Labour’s expense as the cuts bite.

    However, I don’t think they’ll get a lot of public sector votes from Labour, they are more likely to go back to FF or on to FG, but I’d guess are even more likely to stay with Labour.

    Unlike the early FF, I don’t think they have a conservative base, the socialist left is (so far) a minority pursuit and leapfrogging Labour to the centre-left of Irish politics would seem impossible in the short term from where they are rhetorically.

    The big question I have is not whether SF will grow, but whether FF can carve out a Liberal space between Labour and FG. Again I can’t see FF leapfrogging FG to the neo-conservative or neo-liberal right. They needed the PDs to do it last time. FF might try populism again, but I’d imagine thats a busted flush for the foreseeable future, it usually requires largess or clean hands.

  • Into the west

    I was wondering, as you do, upon the book of malachi:
    what struck me were two verses;
    See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me,” (3:1)
    “But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?” (3:2)

    I’m minded to consider this as a reference to the rise of SF.
    Indeed Gerry Adams himself..who can say ?

    To anyone who says:
    “you’re not taking this seriously are you”?
    I’d say I am,
    +,malachi is not the only prophet we have.

    I don’t want brian feeney or alex kane to feel put out ..
    or start a bidding war …. it could get very ugly .. lol

  • “Sinn Féin – moving to the centre” .. “increasingly looking acceptable and palatable”

    Dangerously naive views? The media sanitisation, as far as I know, has not yet led to any political party in the Dáil suggesting that it would be prepared to go into government with SF parapoliticians. Presumably they will be well aware of the PRM’s Mafia-style organised crime wing. A businessman might fire such a parapolitician but it’s still most unlikely that he would press charges, not least when ‘advised’ that it would not be in his interest to do so.