Thursday 8 December 2016

Micheal Martin has won: Fianna Fail not Sinn Fein is true republican party

Question must be asked whether Sinn Fein has ever fully abandoned its strategy of ballot box and Armalite

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

'As Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin has waged an ideological battle with Sinn Féin for the hearts and minds of republicans'
'As Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin has waged an ideological battle with Sinn Féin for the hearts and minds of republicans'

Micheal Martin has been described as the first Fianna Fail leader who will never be Taoiseach.

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Whether that turns out be true or not, he will still have done the State a great service as the man who rescued "republicanism" from Sinn Fein. That is if the Sinn Fein party as we know it can be properly described as republican in the first place.

After the events of last week, it is difficult if not impossible to regard Sinn Fein a republican party.

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