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Sinn Féin to lead Ireland?

A Chara,- I am not a Sinn Féin supporter in large part because of my family's exposure to Nazism and violence before and during the second World War. But Brexit and its aftermath and Ireland's housing crisis are forcing me to re-evaluate where Ireland's future lies.

Boris Johnson seems determined to try and reinforce partition in Ireland by failing to operate the agreed "border down the Irish Sea" which will force the EU to consider operating a customs border at the Irish land border instead. Edwin Poots seems determined to encourage discord in N. Ireland by failing to support the agreement his own government, supported by the DUP,  negotiated on N. Ireland's behalf.

As a result, it seems likely that that Sinn Féin will become the largest party in N. Ireland and will nominate the next First Minister, a result foreshadowed in the recent Belfast Telegraph LucidTalk poll.

Meanwhile, as indicated in the recent Irish Times MRBI poll, the Irish government's abject failure to address the housing crisis seems destined to ensure that Sinn Féin will lead the next government here.

This means that Sinn Féin will become the lead party in both parts of Ireland and effectively unite Ireland's two political systems under its leadership.

What is the alternative for those of us still concerned by Sinn Féin's past association with political violence? Why has there been no coherent policy response from the other major political parties?

Unless unionist parties can convincingly demonstrate they can improve the lives of all living in N. Ireland, and the Irish governing parties can come up with a successful national public housebuilding programme, voters in all parts of Ireland are being left with no choice but to vote for Sinn Féin.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 17th, 2021 at 01:27:22 PM EST

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