The public wants answers from Sinn Féin about gangland crime and from Mary Lou McDonald about how she financed her home purchase and renovation — but those questions would have to be asked first.
n The Late Late Show On Friday, the Sinn Féin president dodged a half-hearted attempt by host Ryan Tubridy to ask her about evidence of troubling links between gangland violence and makeshift republicanism.
“Do you accept… that some of the evidence is of significant importance to the people?” he asked in reference to recorded evidence that emerged from the Gerry Hutch murder trial in the Special Criminal Court.
She used this as an opportunity to express “zero tolerance” for gangland violence — as opposed to links to provoking violence, which we know she believes is incomparable.
Tubridy slipped the way out as both the host and guest were convinced the matter was sub-judicial, which is itself a moot point as the evidence emerges before a non-jury.
However, today’s Sunday independent/Ireland Think’s opinion poll, conducted on Thursday and Friday, shows the public is deeply concerned about the evidence emerging in the Special Criminal Court.
When asked if they believed there was a link between gangsterism and provisional republicanism, a comfortable majority (60 percent) answered yes, 26 percent said no, and 14 percent weren’t sure.
So, with around two-thirds of the public agreeing that there is indeed a link between makeshift republicanism and gangland crime, one could imagine the host of RTÉ’s flagship entertainment show asking the president of Sinn Féin about it – not least because one of them The man at the center of the murder trial is their former colleague, not to mention a donor of political funds to McDonald.
Tubridy seems to care more about age Derry girls Actress Jamie-Lee O’Donnell – he quizzed her on this burning issue last April, much to her annoyance – as offering evidence of links between gangster crime and criminal elements of a terrorist organization linked to a political party that hopes to transform this country to lead after the next election. Imagine that.
Interestingly, today’s poll also shows that a quarter (26 percent) of Sinn Féin voters believe there is a connection between gangland and the Provos, rising to 40 to 49 percent of working-class 18-34 year olds , from which Sinn Féin largely derives its support.
Sinn Féin supporters are a little more concerned about how McDonald financed the purchase and renovation of their home in Cabra, Dublin: More than a third of Sinn Féin voters (32 percent) believe that in the interests of transparency they are continuing to do it all should explain, apart from a mortgage that appears to be about to be paid off. We thank Tubridy for this revelation.
This issue was raised in a recent biography of McDonald by columnist Shane Ross, who was somewhat snubbed The Late Late Show regarding his use of the word “villa” in the book. He’s good at defending himself, like he’s doing on page 26 today.
The survey shows that there is not only a strong desire for more transparency on this topic, but that this desire is growing. Last month, 59 percent said McDonald should provide further explanation in the interest of transparency – this month 63 percent think so.
Despite the worst efforts of The Late Late Show Losing some transparency, it appears that this matter will not go away for the Sinn Féin guide until it is satisfactorily addressed.
In terms of personal popularity, McDonald’s has also taken a bit of a hit recently, according to this poll. Her approval rating has dropped from 45 percent to 41 percent, putting her slightly behind outgoing Taoiseach Micheál Martin (46 percent).
Indeed, there is a growing public view that Martin (43 percent) should continue as Taoiseach ahead of Leo Varadkar (34 percent), who will be elected to the position later this month.
Likewise, there is strong opinion that Paschal Donohoe (52pc) should remain Treasury Secretary ahead of Michael McGrath (27pc).
Neither of these reversals will materialize, but it suggests the public is generally comfortable with the government after a budget has somewhat taken the sting out of the cost-of-living crisis – no longer the most pressing issue of concern. displaced by apartments.
And it’s housing that continues to drive what I think appears to be the highest level of support for Sinn Féin, unchanged at 34 percent in this poll; Support will be good for the party to assert itself and is more likely to fall in an election campaign.
Housing was also an issue Mary Lou McDonald was asked about rather than consulted about The Late Late Show on Friday. Just build and they will come was she field of dreams Solution.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mary-lou-mcdonalds-silence-is-heard-loud-and-clear-by-the-voters-42193656.html Mary Lou McDonald’s silence will be heard loud and clear by voters