Monday 25 September 2017

Sinn Féin has serious limelight deficiencies in North and south

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA
Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA
John Downing

John Downing

Sinn Féin has a serious limelight deficit as it faces an urgent quest for political relevance North and south.

For the past fortnight the party has been starved of attention in the Republic as its keen political rivals in Solidarity-People Before Profit (SPBP) soak up the post-Jobstown case notoriety while moving to claim ownership of the bin charges row.

In the North, the Democratic Unionist Party has won the "London Lotto", with £1.5bn (€1.7bn) as the price for propping up beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May. Efforts to revive power-sharing, mired in difficulty, have been put off until the autumn, with Sinn Féin, despite its status as the premier nationalist party, strangely wrong-footed.

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