This is a leap forward by the radical Republican Party, which is opening up unprecedented conditions for Saturday’s Feb. 8 election. At this point, a grand alliance may be needed between the two “mainstream” parties that have practically always ruled Republican Ireland, the Fine Gael and the Fianna Fil, thanks to an agreement similar to the one that occurred in the last executive. Or Fen may have the burden of joining an executive in Sin, but neither party considers neo-leader Mary Lou McDonald’s party a serious ally because they still consider it a “dangerous” party.
Sinn Fin is growing thanks to its broad public spending policies, its fight against inequalities and multinational corporations, and its historic commitment to reunite Ireland (in fact, it suggests a referendum in five years if it goes to government). A desire to revive Brexit and Boris Johnson’s controversial plan will allow Northern Ireland to be anchored in EU rules for at least a year. Republican nationalists are greedy for this opportunity.