SF is a movement with a mission as it steals FF's clothes
Sinn Fein's star is shining brightly but don't forget to check some of those 'policies', writes Celia Larkin
The entry of Martin McGuinness into the presidential race has burst open the debate, inflaming the Republicanism embedded in the DNA of a substantial number of traditional Fianna Failers.
To underestimate the significance of the national question is to fail to understand the very backbone of traditional Fianna Fail voters. Couple that with the lack of obvious representation for the working class, a void filled by Fianna Fail before the advent of the Celtic Tiger, and the Labour Party prior to Coalition with Fine Gael -- and Sinn Fein is on the crest of a wave.
Sinn Fein is a national movement with a mission, some of which has already been realised. It has succeeded in becoming the dominant nationalist party in the North. As a political party it has capitalised on voter disillusionment and protest in the 2011 election in the Republic.