Tuesday 17 January 2017

Daniel McConnell: Sinn Féin need this vote deal to end long-standing transfer toxicity

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

In Irish politics, transfers are key. Under our system of proportional representation, transfers historically have allowed minority parties like Labour and previously the Greens and the Progressive Democrats to exist. News of this new left-wing alliance, which would see previously unaligned parties enter into a vote pact, is significant.

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It is significant because for the first time we see a genuine attempt by the left to coordinate an electoral strategy with a view to being in Government, as opposed to providing vocal opposition.

But the decision by Sinn Féin to support the Right2Change campaign is also significant for a myriad of reasons.

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