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Leader of Fianna Fáil declares Sinn Fein untouchable
"Most politicians would recognise that the Sinn Féin option probably is the best option for the party and the country. But he appears to resist that," said Eoin O'Malley, associate professor of politics at Dublin City University. "I suspect he's a very moral person."
The irony, it drips...
"It is a problem for Fianna Fáil that they have a leader that is wrestling with his conscience," said O'Malley. Politicians usually win such bouts, but perhaps not this time, he added. "The conscience may win."
His moral scruples are about forming a government with Sinn Fein, who have, you know, history... His own party has its origins in a split with Sinn Fein in 1936 -- they were the Mensheviks who were prepared to make deals with the English.
Just as likely, his scruples are a beat-up to allow delay and instill doubt in the minds of the electorate... if he refuses to deal, the result is probably new élections, and a moral stance might be a vote winner, I suppose.
(I have scruples about linking to the Guardian, who identifies Fianna Fail as "centre left", a classification I haven't seen elsewhere)
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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