John Walsh: Sinn Féin may find political prose harder than opposition poetry

Assuming it is the main player in the next government, the party is likely to soon find out that keeping its promises will come at a high price

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou Mc Donald: The results of the Red C poll on attitudes to a united Ireland are potentially problematic for the party as while a majority of voters say they would support it, they don’t want to pay for it. Picture: Rollingnews

The Red C poll in this paper last weekend was mostly good news for Sinn Féin. It has consolidated its position as the most popular party at 33 per cent support among voters, and is well poised to enter government after the next election, although that depends on the performance and intentions of other parties.

Sinn Féin has been privately courting Labour and the Social Democrats over the past number of months, but it is ...