A Sinn Fein change of leadership will not mean that the IRA has gone away
Regina Doherty's woolly thinking ignores intelligence reports which make coalition impossible for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail - so the time has now come to make 'new politics' work
The resignation of Martin McGuinness, coupled with his evident ill health, has led to speculation that more sweeping leadership change may now take place in the Republican movement.
This has given rise to a question as to whether such change could see Sinn Fein enter coalition government here after the next election.
The thinking goes: if only Gerry Adams, in particular, would depart then Mary Lou McDonald, as leader, or Pearse Doherty or whomever, could lead Sinn Fein into a bright new dawn. Such speculation is wide of the mark.