Given that significantly more people in the south preferred to vote for Sean Gallagher, a man aligned with the hated Fianna Fail party and dogged by controversy this week, than McGuinness what does this say for the relevance of SF down south? It must be seen as a humiliation for Sinn Fein as even at this awful time in southern society very few have opted for the extremist route. McGuinness' penchant for lying has also been brutally exposed, not only in his continuing denials of Provo involvement but the sheer amount of propaganda he was unleashing attempting to convince people that everybody in the south loved him. Ultimately, this election has shown that Sinn Fein are a party solely concerned with theatrical posturing, rather than the day to day needs of their constituents. Not only did McGuinness abandon NI, but many other Shinner MLAs abandoned ship to and they travelled around the Republic on the propaganda trail. The whole exercise has weakened Sinn Fein. They are a laughing stock amongst unionists for their idiotic decision to stand in the first place, and nationalists will be wondering what the purpose of this stunt was in a time when the focus should be on creating jobs and getting the economy going again in Northern Ireland.