No room for complacency over Sinn Féin in government

There has been little or no consideration of how the party is controlled and by whom

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and former leader of the party Gerry Adams at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and former leader of the party Gerry Adams at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is a reassuring belief among many who are queasy about Sinn Féin in government that its rough edges will be removed by the realities of power, that it will go the way of the once radical Fianna Fáil of the 1930s and quickly become another political party as we understand them.

It’s a comforting delusion for a variety of reasons.

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