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Sinn Féin's David Cullinane. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin's David Cullinane. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sinn Féin's David Cullinane. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cullinane's comments have done Sinn Féin no favours.

With that unbelievably stupid "Up the 'Ra" statement by David Cullinane, Sinn Féin went from holding a huge bargaining chip of going to the polls again with a larger number of candidates, to giving Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and every other party a very large stick to beat it with in the event of another election.

I watched him on a current affairs programme and even if he had made an effort with his appearance, which was unshaven and dishevelled, he might have seemed more conciliatory which, politically, would have been the clever thing to do.