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 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.