Big role awaits Sinn Fein, but not in power
Party won't be part of next government because its policies cannot solve our economic problems, writes Kevin Rafter
Gerry Adams did his best last week to keep alive the prospect of a 'red' government after the General Election. No sooner had Eamon Gilmore ruled out a coalition with Sinn Fein than Adams was talking about his willingness to do a deal with Labour.
In fairness, Gilmore left open a chink of light in talking about the mathematical impossibility of a deal between the two parties. But he eventually got to the core of the issue -- as Enda Kenny did almost 12 months ago -- by saying there was no agreement on economic policy.
No matter how hard the Sinn Fein president talks up the prospect of power, his party won't be part of the next government for one simple reason: the economy.