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.
Instead of revelling in victory, the airwaves are now occupied by this hugely damaging and negative view of Sinn Féin.
I am looking forward and hoping Sinn Féin is successful in doing what we already know Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael failed to do. It needs to get this guy off the stage.
At a time of anniversaries, how easily we can forget
The spirit of Conor Cruise O'Brien and historical revisionism hangs heavily over this country.
The election is being described in print media and on the national broadcaster as "unprecedented", "a historic result for Sinn Féin" and even "the first time Sinn Féin is set to lead a government".
All the more incredible given we are supposed to be in the midst of commemorating the 100th anniversaries of seminal events which founded this State.
So much energy has been invested over the last few decades in attempting to link the foundation of the Irish State to the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty or 1922 Free State in an effort to de-legitimise the struggle for independence which preceded them, that the corridors of power and academia have come to believe their own narrative.
For the record, Sinn Féin swept to power on a popular landslide election in 1918.
It led the first ever national government when it met in Mansion House in January 1919.
Among the first acts of that first Dáil were to endorse the 1916 rebellion, declare independence from the UK following its electoral mandate and set a programme for government.
When the next government meets, it will be the 33rd Dáil, in a direct line of succession from that first Dáil.
It is true there are significant differences between Sinn Féin in 1918, nationalist and Catholic, and Sinn Féin today, secular and Marxist.
I am neither a Sinn Féin supporter nor did I vote for it.
Nonetheless, it is bordering on shameful that national media and even the national State-funded broadcaster can be so woefully ignorant of even the basic facts of national history.
Carrigaline, Co Cork
Sexism works both ways - vote on policy, not gender
In your paper recently (Irish Independent, January 26), Lorraine Courtney wrote: "So go out and vote for a woman on February 8 - and another and another and another - right down your ballot paper."
What a bizarre thing to write - and from a respected journalist.
Surely candidates should be voted for on their political record or the contents of their manifesto and not because they are a man or a woman.
If a male journalist had suggested that only male candidates should be voted for, there would be outrage and his job would be in jeopardy.
Time is right for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to merge
Philip Ryan (Irish Independent, February 11) gives readers interesting scenarios in talks on the formation of a new government.
He ends with two options if Sinn Féin fails in its objectives. One: A FF/FG/Green coalition. Two: Another general election.
From my observations, a second election could well backfire further on FF/FG and deliver an outright majority to Sinn Féin.
Far better for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to merge, as all is indeed "changed utterly" with this ground-breaking election.
If Australia's Labor Party can have two factions, why not a united FG/FF party? Above all, we will see the difference between wannabes and pragmatic politicians.
Changed utterly - Yeats's terrible beauty is born
Is WB Yeats's immortal prophecy in his iconic poem 'Easter 1916' now eventually fulfilled? "All changed, changed utterly, /A terrible beauty is born."
Headline writers, please copy!
Snackiel, Co Cavan