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    Are Sinn Fein fit for Government?

    Given that SF have a stated desire to be in Government this time next year (election by next spring at the latest) it is relevant to ask that question.

    Are the policy actions they advocate realistic?

    Will Sinn Fein in Government lead to greater prosperity to all?

    Does their performance in the Northern Ireland assembly demonstrate their abilities?

    Can they distance themselves from the past (or is the past still the current)?

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    Are Sinn Fein fit for Government?

    Sinn Féin front bench- copied from Wikipedia

    PortfolioSpokesperson
    Party Leader Gerry Adams

    Deputy Leader,
    Public Expenditure and ReformMary Lou McDonald

    Social Protection and Party whipAengus Ó Snodaigh

    Finance Pearse Doherty

    Health and ChildrenCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin

    Foreign Affairs and TradeSeán Crowe

    Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and

    Gaeltacht AffairsPeadar Tóibín

    Justice, Equality and DefencePádraig Mac Lochlainn

    Communications, Energy and Natural ResourcesMichael Colreavy

    Education and SkillsJonathan O'Brien

    Environment, Community and Local GovernmentBrian Stanley

    Agriculture, Food and the MarineMartin Ferris

    Transport and HousingDessie Ellis

    Arts, Heritage, Tourism and SportSandra McLellan

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      #3
      Martin Ferris, haven't heard anything from him in years.

      And No.

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        #4
        No , just look at the North, far too populist to make the welfare cuts needed.. Will be interesting to see how that unfolds.

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          #5
          No.

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            #6
            No

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              #7
              If the electorate give Sinn Fein a majority in General Election then they'll be fit for Government. If they form a coalition as minority partner then those that make the cabinet will have been adjudged fit for Government.

              I think the question people are answering is do you think Ireland would benefit from a Sinn Féin lead Government? Personally I see sense in some of their broader economic policies (recession spending, actively encouraging indigenous manufacturing, state involvement in vital industry and protecting workers' rights) but they're still obviously very wrapped up in the North and to be honest there's more important things happening in the country than giving the right to people in the North to vote for the President.

              If the Labour Party could only appreciate how far to the right they've drifted economically over the past decade then maybe there might be some saving them. The sad thing is there are still some good people in the Labour Party, they're just being pushed out by the likes of Burton and Kelly.
              "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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                #8
                Nope
                Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Jenta View Post
                  If the Labour Party could only appreciate how far to the right they've drifted economically over the past decade then maybe there might be some saving them. The sad thing is there are still some good people in the Labour Party, they're just being pushed out by the likes of Burton and Kelly.
                  Nail. Head.

                  They are about as left wing as Blair was. Hence SF are making strides in the vacuum that the Labour party have created in their shift to the right.

                  As for SF, until they get completely rid of the old guard, them it will be hard for them to move forward. "Jurry" et al are holding them back imho.

                  Consign them to the history books and I think SF - in the absence of the aforementioned Labour party - are a credible vote for many people.
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                    #10
                    nope
                    When their numbers dwindled from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry

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                      #11
                      No
                      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                        #12
                        No.

                        They're led by someone who had a hand, directly or indirectly, in the murder and maiming of thousands of people. He leads an organisation/gang that runs kangaroo courts, which banishes paedophiles into our country.

                        They are neither left, centre nor right. They are a one issue gang, the North. They will say and are saying anything that garners votes because firstly as opposition, you would say that, but secondly since their only core belief is the North, they can move from demanding Corporation Tax be increased to saying that they wouldn't raise it, from saying that they would individually pay their water charges to (the day after Paul Murphy's by-election win) refusing to pay the water charges.

                        The biggest issue though is they should be allowed no where near the Security Forces of this state because there is a genuine fear that they will begin a destabilising process in the North, pushing the Loyalists back into a heightened state of fear and eventually embroiling the entire island into trouble.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jenta View Post

                          If the Labour Party could only appreciate how far to the right they've drifted economically over the past decade then maybe there might be some saving them. The sad thing is there are still some good people in the Labour Party, they're just being pushed out by the likes of Burton and Kelly.
                          Labour are still very much left of centre judging by their social reform programme and their cosiness to unions, but you speak of them moving towards the right economically as if it was a bad thing, or that it wasn't in fact a move to the centre, in a move to be fiscally responsible.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Point View Post
                            Labour are still very much left of centre judging by their social reform programme and their cosiness to unions, but you speak of them moving towards the right economically as if it was a bad thing, or that it wasn't in fact a move to the centre, in a move to be fiscally responsible.
                            And very much not left of centre in the fact that they supported ECB/IMF mandated austerity policies up until the end of the bailout including the cutting of social welfare and large scale government subsidising of private labour. They also don't seem to cosy with the unions on many issues these days, notably the absolute cluster**** they've made of Irish Water. That fact that Joan Burton has blueshirts singing her praises should be enough to tell you where Labour are at the moment, regardless of what their policy blurbs might indicate.

                            I'm not even going to bother with that fiscal responsibility nonsense. As if left wing policies caused the national and international debt crisis.
                            "It’s not the team you support, it’s the club you should support. The team on the pitch will ebb and flow because that’s the nature of sport. No team has ever been successful decade on decade. The club has the history and that’s the passion you should have."

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                              #15
                              [QUOTE=Jenta;1507236]If the electorate give Sinn Fein a majority in General Election then they'll be fit for Government. If they form a coalition as minority partner then those that make the cabinet will have been adjudged fit for Government.

                              /QUOTE]

                              I disagree with that. To see that one step further does this mean that Fianna Fáil were fit for Government from 1997 to 2011?

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