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    Default Would Sinn Féin be Irelands biggest party in a United Ireland?

    Before our unionist posters comment on the discussion Im well aware that it is not currently the case but in 10, 20, 30 years it is a very likely circumstance. So given SF are currently the norths biggest nationalist party and hover between 15-20% in the south would re-unification mean that SF would be the biggest party in a 32 county Ireland?

    Would re-unification mean that a SF/SDLP coalition would dominate Irish politics?

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    It depends on how unification would go. It it were like Germany and transition was relatively smooth, then yes, perhaps. But if it was disruptive, and given the size of the NI civil service which would need to be cut, you imagine it would be chaotic. And thus, SF would receive a lot of the blame for the fall out.
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    If the leadership can wait and not enter government as a minor partner,then yes it can happen.They need to keep building the party all across the 26 counties,but with the younger generation leaving it will be long term project.
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    my annual sash bash is the biggest party i know of...
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishWelshCelt View Post
    Before our unionist posters comment on the discussion Im well aware that it is not currently the case but in 10, 20, 30 years it is a very likely circumstance.
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    Yes, SF will be the biggest party in Ireland and possibly the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishWelshCelt View Post
    Before our unionist posters comment on the discussion Im well aware that it is not currently the case but in 10, 20, 30 years it is a very likely circumstance. So given SF are currently the norths biggest nationalist party and hover between 15-20% in the south would re-unification mean that SF would be the biggest party in a 32 county Ireland?

    Would re-unification mean that a SF/SDLP coalition would dominate Irish politics?
    An interesting question. Not easily answered, as SF/SDLP represent the Nationalist bloc in the north, but as 80% of the National territory, in the south, the Nationalist question isn't an everyday feature of peoples lives, so it means that people are voting for Sinn Féin for different reasons.. One person who left Sinn Féin left for the Socialist Party, whilst another left for Fianna Fáil, perhaps the latter was vice-versa.. So in a nutshell, Sinn Féin is a lot of different things, to a lot of different people..

    The FF/SDLP/SF pan-nationalist front ala the Irish National Congress failed to acheive Irish Unity, hence, it's difficult to see how they'd dominate Irish politics, without Fianna Fáil on board.. 'tis almost comical how some Fianna Failers stick their heads above the paraphet with the 'Green card' at times.. What's even more comical is the Loyalists outflanking a beaten docket, twenty years after the race was ran, with a pan-unionist docket.. Someone should inform them that their numbers came up..

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    Since the only way a united Ireland could be achieved would be if the majority of northern protestants decided that they were no longer unionists, it follows that the sectarian headcount would no longer apply, in which case SF would be redundant in the north and would have the same attraction as usual in the south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishWelshCelt View Post
    Before our unionist posters comment on the discussion Im well aware that it is not currently the case but in 10, 20, 30 years it is a very likely circumstance. So given SF are currently the norths biggest nationalist party and hover between 15-20% in the south would re-unification mean that SF would be the biggest party in a 32 county Ireland?

    Would re-unification mean that a SF/SDLP coalition would dominate Irish politics?
    The only place where SF will be the biggest political party in Ireland will be on Politics.ie polls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat View Post
    Since the only way a united Ireland could be achieved would be if the majority of northern protestants decided that they were no longer unionists, it follows that the sectarian headcount would no longer apply, in which case SF would be redundant in the north and would have the same attraction as usual in the south]
    Not neccessarily a majority from Unionist backgrounds - even if only a quarter wanted it, and provided that the Nationalist community is kept on board, it can be done.
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