Opinion Comment

Saturday 18 November 2017

To see what a mess Sinn Féin would make in government, have a look at the North

'In the North, Sinn Féin has avoided choosing a ministry with any direct responsibility for the economy. It has had the chance to banish its image as economically illiterate, yet has failed to take up the challenge of ministerial office. Only Sinn Féin can answer why'. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
'In the North, Sinn Féin has avoided choosing a ministry with any direct responsibility for the economy. It has had the chance to banish its image as economically illiterate, yet has failed to take up the challenge of ministerial office. Only Sinn Féin can answer why'. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Colum Eastwood

Ireland is too small to tell two different stories. Word here travels fast and eventually duplicity becomes clear for all to see. You can't govern one way in Belfast and campaign the opposite way in Dublin without it being noticed and talked about.

Last week, Gerry Adams suggested that if voters were looking for accurate illustration as to how Sinn Féin would govern in Dublin, they merely had to gaze up the road to Belfast. The Sinn Féin leader should be careful what he wishes for. Even a cursory glance at its record of government in the North tells a sorry tale.

Sinn Féin, alongside the DUP, has now held power in Northern Ireland for nine years. It is joint leader of the Executive with all major decisions requiring its joint approval.

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