Middle Ireland has to end the stalemate in its politics

Middle Ireland has to end the stalemate in its politics
Gerry Adams and his Sinn Fein party could be big winners in the long run

If Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are dead set on not coalescing with each other, the real winner will be Sinn Féin, writes Michael McDowell

In a world in which this last week has seen the terrorist outrages in Spain, the departure of Steve Bannon as Trump’s strategy adviser, the flip-flopping of Trump on whether American neo-Nazis are to be condemned, the temporary cessation of Kim Jong-un’s plan to fire ICBMs at the seas surrounding Guam, the almost-instant collapse in popular support for Emmanuel Macron, and the exposure of Britain's Tory government as naive and clueless on the post-Brexit implications for the Irish border, it might seem a little petty or introverted to lift the carpet and closely examine the possibility that Sinn Féin is edging closer to participation in a coalition government here after the next election.

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