John Walsh: An ‘extreme right-wing government’ here? Sinn Féin’s claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

The Irish tax system is the most progressive in the European Union, housing policy is failing through ineptitude rather than lack of money aimed at it and being pro-business generates the wealth necessary to meet spending commitments

Government Buildings: over the past decade, Ireland has also introduced some of the most socially progressive legislation in the world. Picture: Getty

Sinn Féin faces an interesting conundrum. It is trying to persuade unionists, and indeed the wider population of Northern Ireland, to vote for unification, yet at the same time it is pursuing a relentless, and somewhat effective, strategy of depicting the South as a failed state.

The obvious pitfall with this approach is that people don’t vote to make themselves worse off. Why would a majority of people in the North vote to join a ...