Sinn Féin delegates gather in Dublin believing their day has come

Party spokespeople presenting themselves as ministers-in-waiting, ready for power

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: when she  stands up to make her televised speech  she does so safe in the knowledge that all ranks of the party are united around her. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: when she stands up to make her televised speech she does so safe in the knowledge that all ranks of the party are united around her. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s party faithful gather at the Helix on Saturday in Dublin City University, surrounded by banners hanging overhead that will declare that it is “time for change”.

If the last general election showed that there was indeed an appetite for change, recent opinion polls have bolstered their view that they are now the government-in-waiting.

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