John Walsh: Sinn Féin is now closer to Leo’s Fine Gael and Micheál’s Fianna Fáil than its 2011 self
As the country’s most populist party, Sinn Féin has realised the path to power lies not on the hard left where it used to stand but in the centre ground
Ireland is the only EU country not to have had a left-wing government since the foundation of the state. Based on current trends, it may be some time yet before the Irish electorate changes that anomaly.
And that’s because Sinn Féin is moving firmly to the political centre ground. The party has dropped its pledges to withdraw from the EU common defence arrangement known as Pesco and from Nato’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) project. This ...