The departure of John Dwyer, who was re-elected to New Ross District Council in Co Wexford, came hot on the heels of the surprise announcement from Christy Burke, SF’s longest serving councillor in the Republic, that he was defecting last week.
Mr Dwyer’s comment that SF’s strategy of “building a party of faces rather than policies is never a good thing” was clearly aimed at Mary Lou McDonald. In 2007 she failed in her bid to become a TD and has now failed to be re-elected as an MEP. It seems the SF leadership is intent on her acquiring an elected post regardless of the cost to its hardworking councillors .
When will the Sinn Féin leadership realise that a policy of “all style and no substance” with regard to Ms McDonald will not wash with the public and is clearly not washing any more with their own councillors.
SF desperately wants her in some elected position in the Republic. If she doesn’t achieve this, she won’t have any authority as the party’s “voice of opposition” on the Lisbon Treaty referendum rerun.
The reality is she no longer has a mandate to speak on important political issues.
The sooner SF realises this, the better for everyone.