If the rumours (spread by rutherford ;)) are true, Fianna Fail candidate, Averil Power, last night dispensed a last gasp election leaflet in the Dublin North East constituency stressing that "only Averil can stop Sinn Féin in this area". Now you'll not find me arguing with the premise that Shinners should be kept out, or that the party is an aberration in any healthy polity, but there is a certain delicious irony to this type of campaigning.
First of all, is it just me, or is "the republican party" coming rather close to DUP tactics? In the Upper Bann constituency the unionist party distributed an eve of poll leaflet with an unerringly similar message, during the UK general election campaign.
Secondly, to gild the cliche, surely this is a rather sauceless goose compared to the version served in Northern Ireland? The southern parties are horrified by Sinn Féin in the Republic, but they were quick enough to demand their inclusion in government up north. It's a point Jason Walsh touches upon in this pre-election broadside. We wouldn't have them in our government, but they'll do to keep those barbaric unionists on their toes!