What a difference a year makes.
On this weekend last year, Sinn Féin gathered in the RDS for its annual ard fheis in confident mood. Anticipating (correctly) that the party was on the brink of significant breakthroughs in the European and local elections, the meeting was more a triumphal political rally than a policy-making forum.
Gerry Adams - then the most popular party leader in the country - addressed middle Ireland in their...
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