Newton Emerson: The reality is Sinn Féin still needs to be house-trained

It is in everyone’s interests to clean up the ‘republican movement’

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives at Dublin’s Convention Centre for a Dáil session. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives at Dublin’s Convention Centre for a Dáil session. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The SDLP is to set up a New Ireland Commission to “build consensus on our future constitutional arrangements”.

Announcing the initiative, party leader Colum Eastwood said a conversation on unity could not be led by Sinn Féin as it was “toxic to unionists and that’s the reality”.

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