Karen Coleman: Cynical SF suffered from putting Mary Lou in charge
This referendum campaign was predictably hijacked by a posse of campaigners and politicians who cynically exploited it for their own vested interests and agendas.
Sinn Fein, in particular, used the campaign to push their Eurosceptic wishy-washy economic policies that, if implemented, would catapult us into a financial abyss and force high earners out of the country in their droves.
Sinn Fein's failure to convince the voters was a humiliating lesson for them in modern Irish politics and another indication of the long journey they still face if they want to be taken seriously. Their cynical use of selective quotes from Irish economists was misleading and foolish and it cost them valuable credibility early in the campaign.