Sinn Féin’s race to the centre leaves it caught between a rock and a hard place

The party’s drop in support, as shown by last week’s Red C poll, is no longer a blip – it is a trend

Support for Sinn Féin, led by president Mary Lou McDonald, has fallen from a peak of 36 per cent to 25 per cent in Red C polls. Picture: Corbis

There must have been of the order of 50 opinion polls since the last general election, but none have felt remotely as significant as the Red C poll in this newspaper last weekend.

For most of the past four years, the media narrative had Sinn Féin as the guaranteed government-in-waiting. But here it was back down at 25 per cent, where it was in the election held four years ago this week – way off ...