John Downing: Sinn Fein will struggle to reach a higher gear
THE very worst thing that can happen to somebody in politics is that they be ignored. Yes, at times, being ignored can even be worse than being nabbed with the fingers in the till or being caught in flagrante in an 'away game' with somebody else's spouse or partner.
Sinn Fein will be mindful of that reality today as it privately rakes over the details of the latest Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. The party knows the biggest danger it faces, as it ramps up preparations for the June 2014 local council and European Parliament elections, is that it risks losing visibility and momentum to a resurgent Fianna Fail.
Publicly, you can expect the usual low-key Sinn Fein reaction about 'snapshots in time' and the old-as-the-surveys line about 'the only poll that counts is the ballot box'.