After the general election in May, when Sinn Fein won just four seat s in the Dail, it was clear that the party faced significant challenges.
Party leader Gerry Adams was publicly criticised by Sinn Fein members for the first time, and some members, particularly in the Republic, felt that his television performances had cost votes.
But, more fundamentally, it was felt that Sinn Fein had misjudged public opinion and was still too closely identified...
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