Wednesday May 27, 2020

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the problem of Sinn Féin

They can’t afford to ignore the party’s coalition offer, but entertaining it could frighten the pre-election horses

10th June, 2018
Mary Lou McDonald: pondering coalition Pic: Rollingnews

The new president of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, has wasted no time in putting the cat among the pigeons. Her pronouncement this week that Sinn Féin is prepared to go into government with whomsoever, if the price is right, has wrong-footed Fianna Fáil (FF) and Fine Gael (FG). Given the virtual certainty that neither party will be able to put a government together after the general election, they cannot afford to ignore McDonald’s impertinence,...

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