Sinn Féin is the political equivalent of Donegal’s 2012 team

The ‘establishment’ parties are playing politics as usual but, like Jim McGuinness’s winning outfit, McDonald’s crew have torn up the traditional rulebook

1st March, 2020
Sinn Féin is the political equivalent of Donegal’s 2012 team
Underdog status: Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin play politics differently, and both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are struggling to get to grips with the new reality. Picture:Rollingnews

Leo Varadkar has played right into the hands of Sinn Féin. The Taoiseach’s overblown complaint that Sinn Féin‘s public rallies are “designed to be the next phase” in the party’s “campaign of intimidation and bullying” surprised even Fine Gael members.

The over-the-top reaction by many in Fine Gael and others to a political party organising public meetings was counterproductive and merely...

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