Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sinn Fein could meet itself at the other end of the spectrum

Not even the 'veteran observers' of politics acknowledge the rise of the far right in Ireland.

Illustratioon by Jim Cogan
Illustratioon by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

THERE is one aspect of the Euro elections which is of serious public interest and which may also be interesting to the public. It is the rise of the far right in several countries, including France, England, Greece, Denmark, Austria and Ireland.

That would be Ireland, or "The 26 Counties" as it is sometimes called by supporters of the party to which I am referring here, the party called Sinn Fein. It's doing pretty well in the polls, like its nationalist brethren across the continent.

Indeed many of those nationalist, or "far right" organisations as they tend to be known outside Ireland, would probably look to Sinn Fein as the best-qualified of them all, what with its very recent history of running an actual army, its continued devotion to a horrible ideology, and a track record of such impeccable wrong-headedness on so many major issues of the last century it even offered its wholehearted support to Nazi Germany.

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