I don’t buy the Red C Sun poll putting Sinn Fein on 16%, or the Sindo’s suggestion that a Labour/Sinn Fein coalition, given that sort of result, would be on the cards. I think Labour, pursuing two seats in Dublin South East, Dublin South and Dun Laoghaire are well aware of the impact such a proposition might have on their middle class vote. Having said that, they should resist the urge to have an each-way bet on it. After all, Labour will probably be the eventual port of call for Sinn Fein transfers after the United Left anyway. Smart thing to do, it would seem, would be to quietly rule it out without dissing Sinn Fein. This isn’t quite Sinn Fein’s time, and it’s my belief that Sinn Fein will be brought into government by Fianna Fail. And not necessarily as the junior partner, either.
Additional: Michael Pidgeon has contacted me to point out that Labour have done so here.