Would Martin be wise to go into coalition with Sinn Fein?

Godot.

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They are losing a lot of their core voters to SF. The so-called 'Republican Party' needs to start coming across as more Republican. They are coming across as increasingly partitionist, it's okay for SF to be in coalition up north but a big no-no down South? People expect FG to be like that but not FF.

From a long term, strategic point of view it could also work out because the junior coalition partner tends to gets cannibalized at the following elections.
 


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The Darby OGill economics favoured by Sinn Fein / Ira is ultimately going to be the sticking point...
 

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They are losing a lot of their core voters to SF. The so-called 'Republican Party' needs to start coming across as more Republican. They are coming across as increasingly partitionist, it's okay for SF to be in coalition up north but a big no-no down South? People expect FG to be like that but not FF.

From a long term, strategic point of view it could also work out because the junior coalition partner tends to gets cannibalized at the following elections.
Given that FF gained seats in the Euros and locals while SF took a kicking in both, it's difficult to see how you've come to that conclusion.

To answer your question - No, Martin wouldn't be wise to go into coalition with a cult that espouses populist, magic money tree economics.
 

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It will depend on numbers. Martin will not want to be the only FF leader not to be Taoiseach.

As for SF economics the last General Election campaign proved that SF were the only party that understood government collect and spend policies.
 

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Fianna Fail bankrupted the country...are riddled with corrupt practices.....and were going to vote confidence in Simon Harris. Enough said.
 

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The Darby OGill economics favoured by Sinn Fein / Ira is ultimately going to be the sticking point...
well, if you listen to FG, they will tell you that it was FF & not …………… ahem ………. "Sinn Fein / Ira" that is the real "Darby OGill" party than bankrupted the state.
 

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You’d think it would make more sense for FF to go into coalition with their Siamese Twin : Fine Gael .

Why would they not go into coalition with a party that has the exact same policies as themselves !
 

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You’d think it would make more sense for FF to go into coalition with their Siamese Twin : Fine Gael .

Why would they not go into coalition with a party that has the exact same policies as themselves !
For exactly that reason. And because it's in neither party's strategic interest. What part of that do you not understand?
 

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Perhaps the Public should not Vote for either of them to send them a message !
What message? Anyway, isn't that for the public to decide? In every election bar one in the history of the State, more voters have voted for both FF and FG than for any other party.
 

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What message? Anyway, isn't that for the public to decide? In every election bar one in the history of the State, more voters have voted for both FF and FG than for any other party.
Keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity, said by Albert Einstein I believe.
 

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Keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity, said by Albert Einstein I believe.
But who says anyone is expecting different results?
 


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