Sunday 4 December 2016

Events in the cradle of democracy could have a major impact on the next Dáil

Published 07/07/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty was in Athens for the vote
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty was in Athens for the vote

Pearse Doherty wasn't in Athens over the weekend to work on his tan. He was campaigning - not in the Greek referendum - but for the upcoming general election here.

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Doherty travelled to ensure Sinn Féin wasn't outflanked on its left by Paul Murphy & co - and to establish Sinn Féin as the Irish Syriza in the eyes of voters here.

Changed times. Irish general election campaigns aren't renowned as outward-looking. This is a country that, in 1961, had an election where the teaching of Irish was the dominant issue. Even in recent years, international affairs haven't got a look in.

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