Sinn Féin and the re-greening of Ireland

“There are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen,” Lenin said of revolutionary change. If you look across the Irish Sea, decades could pass in the weeks leading up to May’s Northern Ireland Assembly election. If Sinn Féin comes out on top, according to the polls, the British province’s new premier will be Michelle O’Neill, the party’s deputy leader once umbilically linked to the Republican terrorist IRA.

An even bigger earthquake could follow within three years if Mary Lou McDonald, the hand-picked successor to Gerry Adams at the helm of Sinn Féin four years ago, turns her current 15-point lead in the polls into an electoral victory south of the border. This would make her Sinn Féin’s first Taoiseach (Prime Minister), if not its very first Minister, since the establishment of the Republic of Ireland a century ago. The party will have united all of Ireland…

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