Elaine Byrne: How ‘new’ Sinn Féin is ditching its old ways – and preparing for government
The party is disengaging from entrenched positions to make itself more palatable to both the middle classes and potential coalition partners
“The old Sinn Féin” is a phrase being used with increasing regularity in some Sinn Féin circles. “Old”, in this instance, means the Sinn Féin before the last general election of 2020.
Although Mary Lou McDonald’s party returned the largest share of the overall popular vote in that election, the prospect of her leading a Sinn Féin coalition government was implausible from the outset. There were feigned efforts at talks, but there was never any ...