Green shoots in Sinn Féin struggle in Adams's shadow
Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30
Don't be fooled by the bright smiles and bold statements from Sinn Féin. This election was no runaway success for the party and it knows that. Its vote increase was steady, not spectacular, and the cards won't fall better for the Shinners again.
They faced a Labour Party slated for betraying the working-class through water charges and austerity measures and, in Fianna Fáil, a party blamed for almost bankrupting the country just five years ago.
Yet the gains by Gerry Adams's party were modest. Let's put it in a European context. Sinn Féin presents itself as an Irish Syriza but that party's vote has soared seven-fold in Greece - from 5pc in 2007 to 36pc last year - while Sinn Féin's has risen from 7pc to 13.8pc in the same period.