Newton Emerson: If Sinn Féin is good enough for us, it’s good enough for you

Unionists looking at Dublin do not just want republicans kept out of power

Sinn Féin’s electoral politics: under the Belfast Agreement the party could win every seat in the Dáil and still not circumvent the unionist veto. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Sinn Féin’s electoral politics: under the Belfast Agreement the party could win every seat in the Dáil and still not circumvent the unionist veto. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Sinn Féin’s latest rise in the polls makes its participation in the next Irish government look like a mathematical inevitability. The emerging pattern of Fine Gael objections to this train of thought is worth addressing point by point.

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