“Is there anyone in SF telling Gerry Adams what he needs to hear?”

If you read no one else on the fall for Sinn Fein over it’s reaction to the Smithwick Tribunal, then try Eilis O’Hanlon. Eilis ‘gets’ the north since she comes from the heart of Republican west Belfast. But (unusually for any Irish commentator) she also ‘gets’ the south: Adams commits no crime when he repeatedly makes crass and offensive comments about some of the worst atrocities of the Troubles, but if politics is the art of avoiding blunders, then it’s …

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Is there any strategy behind Sinn Fein’s loud defence of killings 25 years on?

Well, if you didn’t see Vincent Browne last night on TV3, try and catch it here. Padraig MacLochlainn is the latest of the party’s talented southern parliamentary team sent out to sell ‘the legitimacy of the armed struggle’. I’ll let others be the judge of how well he does in selling the chosen narrative of ‘a risen north’ to a southern audience. The only woman on the panel, Sarah McInerney of the Sunday Times barely gets a word in, but what …

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Sinn Fein upgrading Southern economic policies?

According to the Sindo… The party spokesman on European affairs Padraig Mac Loughlainn told the Sunday Independent that it was important to speak to such people when formulating credible economic policies. He said that in conjunction with the party’s two in-house economic advisers — Joanne Spain and Eoin O Broin — the party had sought advice and insight from a number of economists from across the spectrum. “Karl Whelan is just one of a number of economists we have spoken …

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