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Enda, the peacemaker, could drive FG/SF express

Taoiseach could be the leader to unite republican traditions and heal Civil War rifts, if that's what the poll numbers dictate, says John Drennan

Published 08/09/2013 | 05:00

HISTORY: Enda Kenny has had testy exchanges with SF
HISTORY: Enda Kenny has had testy exchanges with SF
POSSIBLE MINISTERS: Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald

THERE is always a point, even for smaller political parties, where a sense of inevitability gathers that they will be in government. This occurred, despite their best efforts, with the Progressive Democrats in 1997, the Greens in 2007 and now that same tide is flowing Sinn Fein's way.

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It helps, of course, when you are at 20 per cent in the polls despite the ongoing series of gruesome skeletons being dug up from the past.

But, whatever about the taint that attaches itself to Gerry's profile, no matter how much laundering he does, it is becoming clear one of the key questions in the next election will be "have you, or would you ever have, intimate political relations with Sinn Fein?"

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