Tuesday 20 February 2018

Get ready for the Sinn Fein split - will Mary Lou end up leading Labour?

After this election we will enter a period of splits and mergers likely to tidy up a fractured political landscape, writes Jody Corcoran

So, now that even Sinn Fein members believe the Provisional IRA calls the shots and, as we have reported, even one-fifth of Sinn Fein's own supporters believe the party is not fit for government, what happens next?

After this election, more likely than not a minority Fine Gael Government will be supported (in Opposition) by Fianna Fail until such time as Micheal Martin believes it opportune to pull the plug - at a time which best suits Fianna Fail.

At that point Enda Kenny will retire, honouring his commitment not to seek a third term, and Fine Gael will be in a leadership contest.

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