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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Sun Shines on the “Shinners” in Killarney

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings from sundrenched Killarney. It is a wonderful place especially in this weather but, ochone, ochone, your humble scribe is stuck indoors at a windowless conference centre.

    The precise location is the press section of the Sinn Fein ardfheis. All in the line of duty for The Irish Times and its readers of course.

    There hasn’t been a lot of internal dissent: the mood is good. Why wouldn’t it be, given Sinn Fein’s current strength and standing in the opinion polls.

    It must drive the other parties crazy to see the way SF cash in on referendums. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Their critics are suggesting, however, that the worst thing that could happen to SF would be to win the referendum. The best result, these people maintain, would be to lose to the Yes side but enhance their popularity as a party in the process.

    Gerry Adams is expected to give about three minutes in his speech at 5.30 pm this evening to the Fiscal Treaty. As a result, SF will be demanding that the Taoiseach be confined to the same length in his appearance on RTE tomorrow evening.

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