Does Gerry Adams deserve to be in Government when the time comes?
The Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader would rather do a deal with Adams than with each other, writes Jody Corcoran
After the elections, the issue now is whether the Government will last full term – just two in five have full confidence that it will – which makes more urgent the question of Sinn Fein in Government after the next election, this year or next.
But maybe the real question relates to the Sinn Fein president himself: does Gerry Adams deserve to be in Government when the time comes? Personally, I think Mary Lou would be a fine Minister for Health, that Peader Tobin would be an addition to the Cabinet, that Pearse Doherty would be a reasonable enough minister, out of harm's way, and that Padraig MacLochlainn would be a grand junior minister. That's about it.
They would not look out of place alongside – in some cases, they outshine – many on the Fianna Fail frontbench at the moment, or those wannabes anxious for advancement in Fine Gael and Labour right now.