Has Enda made the calculation that taking on Sinn Fein is more important than devolution?

We are fast approaching the next Irish general election. Down in the polls at the moment, Kenny is determined to become the first ever Fine Gael leader in Irish history to win two consecutive terms in office. This will go nicely with his claim to have led the party to its biggest ever victory at the last election (in seat count anyway).

Often living in Northern Ireland we forget that we are not really a big issue in Southern politics (A point echoed by Micheal Martin in 2012). Few voters will make their choice on how the government is handling the Northern Ireland file.

Where we do appear to come in handy is for some jousting between parties in an effort to gain some ground before the election is held and this weekend is prime evidence of this.

Last night Taoiseach, Enda Kenny (who with David Cameron has to help solve our current problems) took aim at Sinn Fein last night. Reporting in The Journal.ie, Ronan Duffy highlights the key part of Kenny’s remarks;

21 years after the IRA ceasefire and 10 years after the decommissioning and the IRA announcement of cessation of paramilitary activity, it is past time that it should carry any capacity for threat…It is the responsibility of Sinn Féin, and in particular its leadership, to address these issues and to help restore the trust that has been lost.

Sinn Fein responded first with a tweet from Martin McGuinness;

Then with a statement from Gerry Adams;

Enda Kenny’s latest attack on Sinn Féin represents another failure of political leadership by the Taoiseach.

Question for the comments section,  has Enda made the calculation that it’s more important to take out Sinn Fein then attempt to save devolution? Or is he just telling it like it is?

Answers on a post card…..

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  • tmitch57

    If Kenny had been from Fianna Fail rather than Fine Gael and had pointed out his own party’s experience of breaking the paramilitary connection, many fewer would have questioned what he said. Any of Sinn Fein’s rival parties in the Republic have a political motivation in questioning the failure of Sinn Fein to disconnect fully and adequately from the other half of the Republican Movement. But that does not mean that they don’t have a valid point. Sinn Fein has failed to do what paramilitary political parties in both the Republic and Israel have done. They have failed to successfully become a continuity party by disbanding the military wing completely. In so doing they leave a bad example/justification/excuse for their loyalist counterpart the UVF/PUP.

  • Ernekid

    Sinn Fein is likely to win 25+ seats at the next election and could be a real problem for a Fine Gael led government made up with the remants of Labour and whatever grab bag of independents Fine Gael can convince to support them. I think Sinn Fein will have a very good election that’ll enable them to put a spanner in the works for any Irish government made up without them.

    Not many people in Leinster House give a damn about what happens up North and you are kidding yourself to think otherwise

  • Ernekid

    De Valera didn’t really break the connection between Fianna Fáil and the Republican movement until the late 30s after they had been in government for a while. SF are doing something similar now

  • Sergiogiorgio

    It’s only our silly arrogance and naval gazing that makes us think anyone gives a feck about this basket case of a province. As much as the Tories would like to unload the cost burden of NI, even the Free Staters aren’t dumb enough to take us.
    Kenny’s just trying to protect his vote. A bit like Mike Nesbitt….

  • SDLP supporter

    Absolutely factually untrue, Ernekid. Dev formally separated himself from Sinn Fein and the IRA, “leaving his comrades behind in the trenches” before he set up Fianna Fáil in 1926. A lot of the IRA people thought that Dev was their friend, a kind of sneaking regarder, when he came to power in 1932. They soon learnt to their cost that he was anything but their friend and that he made it his priority to defend the state which he had so disparaged in 1922.

  • SDLP supporter

    Gerry Adams is trying to have his cake and eat it, and it’s all going pear-shaped for him. Last Sunday he referred to the IRA as ‘an honourable organisation’. This in the week when we heard what the IRA did to Bernard Teggart.

  • Mary Anna Quigley

    Enda Kenny took on the churches state- child heinous crimes sexual and violent abuse. Not like Daddy cults, people in South of Ireland have no idea what victims have suffered at the hands of their own so called protectors of there own communities, children beat to death,cover ups, families put out of their homes. Murders of innocent men women children. Lived under power & control dictatorship. Truth is what is in power is supported by British government, American state, there is no hope for people NI. Civil rights justice accountability jobs health education untrustworthy wreck by those controlling communities dirty deals- protected guilty as sin all sides. Do not tarnish Beautiful Ireland with sociopathic liars.

  • Zig70

    The premise that SF is required to make peace work here is wrong. Imho. Their inability to build alliances within nationalism means they are a barrier to a UI. Enda won’t see SF as a positive force and anyway he’s a bit power hungry. I don’t think he will hold back.

  • Starviking

    I just read about what was done to Bernard Teggart – disgusting is not the word, but it’s close.

    The IRA told us that they were going to free us from the capricious rule of kings and their lackies – but who was actually acting like lords, with the ability to threaten torture and death to those who invoked their displeasure? Those who said they were for the people!

  • Nevin

    “the key part of Kenny’s remarks”

    For those who prefer to read the whole thing*.

    * Retrieved from Google cache.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    In a word – “yes”.

    Sinn Féin cannot expect to challenge the Irish government and the Irish political establishment in Dublin and then expect to hide behind the need to protect the peace process when the brickbats come back at them.

    They would be in a significantly stronger position had Gerry Adams not vetoed the Stormont House Agreement back in March.

  • chrisjones2

    Why does that sound so so familiar

  • chrisjones2

    …and remember that at that time around the first ceasefires in the early 1970s the IRA was working hand in glove with the British Army to deal with “antisocial elements” in West Belfast – ie anyone who disagreed with them

  • eireanne

    Thanks. part of that speech (which was not reported elsewhere) was also cited here https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/the-wreck-of-the-hesperus/

  • Thomas Girvan

    Any tips for the horses next week?

  • Nevin

    David, Enda’s top priority is to do what he can to keep the UK within the EU. He will also work closely with David Cameron to sustain the Stormont institutions, if necessary in a slightly modified form. None of this will stop him giving Gerry a good kicking in the Dáil, as and when the opportunity arises. Have you any ideas as to why his speech might have been removed from the MerrionStreet website?