A piece from the Indo earlier this year which challenges Sinn Fein's claim to be a radical party.
|By Philip Ryan|
Sinn Féin would have you believe Northern Ireland is a shining citadel perched in the top right-hand corner of the island. A beacon of prosperity, progressiveness and perfection.
If only the political parties in the south would follow its example, then we too could live in similar utopian bliss.
Given the chance, Mary Lou McDonald will gladly show us the errors of our ways and transform our country just as her party has changed Northern Ireland, where it has been in power for more than 20 years.
Obviously, apart from the last three years when they decided not to be in power, despite being elected to the Northern Assembly.
Its MLAs did draw down their salaries though because they felt they deserved the money after creating such an ideal society with all the funding they received from the EU, the Tories and the Northern Ireland taxpayer.
Unfortunately, the North is far from an ideal society and Sinn Féin does not have a lot to be proud of when it comes to its two decades of power-sharing with the other parties who make up the Northern Assembly.
Continue reading @ the Indo.