Sinn Féin and abstentionism


A chara, – I note Fintan O’Toole is once again focusing on the politics of Sinn Féin (“What if Corbyn offered Sinn Fééin a border poll?”, Opinion & Analysis, November 12th).

While I appreciate that his previous suggestion that Sinn Féin’s seven MPs temporarily stand down to trigger byelections came to nothing (“Ireland can stop a no-deal Brexit. Here’s how”, Opinion & Analysis, August 2nd), perhaps I could remind him of his own words from that article: “Calling the party [Sinn Féin] to take those seats is rhetorically satisfying but pointless”. – Is mise,



Dublin 14.