The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
Of course the UK media would have a field day talking about Corbyn aligning himself with the IRA, but presumably only diehard Tory/Brexit Party supporters would take that anyway seriously. It was Sinn Fein who drove the peace process that led to the Good Friday Agreement, not the DUP, who opposed it.
Sinn Fein has come under a lot of pressure in Ireland since the death of Martin McGuinness and the retirement of Gerry Adams and did badly in the recent local and European elections, North and south. The main reason is, I think, their failure to do any of the heavy lifting required to oppose Brexit - leaving it all to Varadker and Coveney - and leaving the DUP, with c. 30% support, free to represent themselves as representing N. Ireland.
It would be a hugely historic move for them, though not without precedent. Fianna Fail abandoned abstentionism in the Republic in 1927 with their leader, De Valera, declaring required the oath of allegiance to be nothing but an empty formula. To some extent, abandoning abstentionism would erode their main point of difference with other parties, but at the same time it would put further distance between them and their historic support for the IRA.
There is a school of thought within Sinn Fein that allowing Brexit to happen - as hard as possible - would hasten the creation of a united Ireland by making N. Ireland unviable, but that would not be a widely held view in the south in particular. They risk marginalising themselves in the south if they don't oppose Brexit more effectively, and soon.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by IdiotSavant - Oct 14 4 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 14 9 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 10 68 comments
by Oui - Oct 11 35 comments
by Oui - Oct 15 19 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 8 75 comments
by ARGeezer - Oct 11 11 comments
by Oui - Oct 8 22 comments
by Oui - Oct 1519 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 15
by Oui - Oct 147 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 149 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 144 comments
by Oui - Oct 1135 comments
by ARGeezer - Oct 1111 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 1068 comments
by Oui - Oct 822 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 875 comments
by Oui - Oct 329 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 223 comments
by Oui - Oct 25 comments
by Oui - Oct 1
by Oui - Sep 2872 comments
by ARGeezer - Sep 2729 comments
by gmoke - Sep 26
by Oui - Sep 263 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 2626 comments
by Oui - Sep 2538 comments