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Why Ireland will survive big SF populism scare


Eoin O Broin had a very good election but we should still be wary of his slogans, writes Ross Maguire

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Eoin O Broin

Eoin O Broin

Eoin O Broin

The standout politician of the General Election was Sinn Fein's Eoin O Broin.As Sinn Fein spokesperson for Housing, he presented as thoughtful and erudite, very much on the side of ordinary people. He looked and sounded like he had answers which, if given the chance, he could implement to the betterment of us all.

But there may be more to Eoin O Broin and his political philosophy than meets the eye. In 2012, O Broin responded to a claim that Sinn Fein's opposition to austerity was 'populist'. He was unequivocal. Sinn Fein's entire political project was, he wrote, "populist, and unashamedly so".


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