Sinn When You’re Winning


This evening .

RDS Ballsbridge Dublin 4.

With her party heading for 30-36 seats, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald celebrates at the General Election count centre.


This morning.

RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Scenes from Generel Election count centre  with Fine Gael Minister Richard Bruton (pic 5), Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan (pic 7), Sinn Féin’s Aengus O’Snodaigh (pic 9) and Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis (in pink above) celebrating his expected victory in Dublin South Central with a rendition of ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans’.

Sinn Féin are heading for 30-36 seats.

More as we get it.


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153 thoughts on “Sinn When You’re Winning

      1. Brother Barnabas

        going to be interesting to see transfers – she’ll obviously get the bulk of barry ward’s

    1. Charger Salmons

      Now is the time Ireland has to take a proper grown-up decision.
      If you want a united Ireland you’ve voted for people with blood on their hands.
      And even if you just voted for the Shinners as a protest you’re still voting for people who have murdered your fellow countrymen as innocent as you without having a second thought.
      This ordure just got real baby.

  1. RuilleBuille

    This is an epic election. Not as epic as 1918 but a close second.

    I have met them at close of day
    Coming with vivid faces
    From counter or desk among grey
    Eighteenth-century houses.
    I have passed with a nod of the head
    Or polite meaningless words,
    Or have lingered awhile and said
    Polite meaningless words,
    And thought before I had done
    Of a mocking tale or a gibe
    To please a companion
    Around the fire at the club,
    Being certain that they and I
    But lived where motley is worn:
    All changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.

  2. Dav

    I see Murphy will get in, a pity the again I heard a good discription for some of the areas in his district ‘leafy and blue’

  3. GiggidyGoo

    And RTE’s reporting just now showing last nights exit polls, and portraying it as fact almost.

    1. Darren

      A political class who seek to eliminate competitive marketshare at the detriment of its own people’s wider welfare is the same as a political party who recognise that their opponents have consistently failed to effectively respond to genuine issues that concern a broad social identity? Do you think it interesting that neither immigration nor bogey brexit feature in the reasons provided by voters but issues like homelessness and health figure strongly? It’s almost as if the focus on economic growth has not brought with it the obvious benefits you would expect of a socially responsible political agenda. Perhaps the lesson has been learned now.

  4. 01101101 01100011

    big brained Michael McDowall on the tv now to tell me why I did it wrong again no doubt

  5. italia'90

    Anyone Iistening to radio1?
    Does John Bowman not know how to say the words Sinn Fein?
    It’s hilarious Listening to this Establishment dinosaur :)

    In 2 topics discussed, Mayo taIIy resuIts and women eIected/newIy eIected not once were the words Sinn Fein mentioned by the whoIe paneI but FF/FG mentioned at every opportunity hmmmm strange isn’t it?

    RTE appear to be kissing up to FF as much as possibIe!
    And so the media bias continues, I hope it comes back to bite them very soon :)

  6. Charger Salmons

    Jeez, there’ll be some knees-up on the Falls Roads tonight.
    You won’t be able to get a black cab for love nor money.
    G’wan the Shinners !

    ( actually I probably shouldn’t mention knees … )

      1. ReproBertie

        Bottom of the poll with just 495 votes for Casey in DubW. LOL! People’s real concerns indeed.

        SF’s Donnelly top of the poll and elected with a 3,370 surplus. Leo just under 250 votes off being elected. Joan pretty much out of the running.

  7. newsjustin

    Is that Aengis Ó Snodaigh’s wife in the photo with him who threw a beer glass at a garda car and resisted arrest after a Sinn Féin meeting?

    And is that his son who squared up to and spat at a garda…and also resisted arrest over a disputed taxi fare?

    It may not be. They may be different people, to be fair.
    In any case, those are amongst the least terrible things Sinn Féin supporters have fired at gardaí.

    1. realPolithicks

      Give it up ffs, Ireland is moving on from the kind of negative narrow minded thinking that you regularly display on this site. Stop living in the past.

      1. newsjustin

        Lol. Sinn Féin thuggery and aping of Venezualan economic policy is not “moving on” anywhere good.

          1. newsjustin

            I don’t get it. You’re suggesting that I be nice about Sinn Féin because it might mean they win fewer seats? Or more?

            Telling the truth about Sinn Féin isn’t about votes or seats. It’s about telling the truth about Sinn Féin.

        1. realPolithicks

          You’ve lost the argument, if you want to continue screaming into the abyss then go for it.

          1. newsjustin

            What argument?

            Sinn Féin are intertwined with and represent murderers and terrorists. There’s no argument there.

          2. 01101101 01100011

            to coin some football quips…

            “play the ball, not the man!”


            “have you lost the dressing room?”

    2. rotide

      she also called the gardai “Free state bastards” for some reason.

      how O’Snodaigh is allowed to hold a seat after his involvement in the IRA spying is beyond me. but then again, there’s the happy bomb maker Dessie Ellis being lofted on shoulders to the banking of rebel songs

        1. j

          Rotide is one of the few on here who has a bit of backbone. Well done to the Oirish today. You truly have regressed as a nation. Big , rough ugly men and women wailing to Ira song…. It truly reflects where you have arrived as a nation.

          1. j

            Anti EU
            Anti Special Criminal Court
            Unicorn economics
            Bank Robbers

            Congrats ReproBertie on being a hard -faced supporter of all of the above.

        1. j

          He’s probably trying to work out how you are going to earn 400 euro a month to support the future union. 11 billion a year and I expect all the shinners to pay.

  8. ReproBertie

    Tg4 are allowing Éamon Ó Cúiv ramble on about SF’s performance in Northern Ireland. Must be some shipment of sour grapes going around the count centres.

    1. Fearganainm

      Ó Cuiv’s failed effort to get Fianna Fáil runners in the North saw him get a slap from his own party and he’s still sore about it. He may yet dust down the old Anti-Partition League and wrap his grandfather’s green flag around him (omitting references to grandpa’s importation of Albert Pierrepoint, an English hangman, to execute Charlie Kerins)

      1. Cú Chulainn

        Or the fact that he stole the monies raised in the US for the new state and set up the Irish Press with the cash and kept the shares for himself. That’s the start of FF. and it all makes sense after that.. O’thief and c.10 TDs will leave FF, when the coalition with FG starts, and look to join SF.. Mary Lou, don’t have them.. they are the cancer in the body politic..

    2. Rob_G

      He’s probably being interviewed as he is one of the few TDs who can reliably answer off the cuff questions in Irish.

  9. BS

    Unfortunately it looks like the gombeens in Meath west have voted to keep the backwards looking fellow gombeen from aontu in the dail.

    It seems there hasn’t been enough urban creep into Meath west to bring the collective iq up.

  10. BS

    The shiners singing come ye Black and Tans is the sort of backward looking plastic nationalism scumbaggery that puts a lot of people off them.

    1. Rob_G

      Not enough people, unfortunately:

      Shinners: “Stop bringing up our past, we’ve moved on, why can’t you?”

      Also Shinners:

      1. D

        I always figured you wanted to be ruled from Westminster, and this confirms it. Not even a home ruler. A fan of the tans.

  11. Junkface

    Interesting times for Ireland coming up. With a coalition between FG, SF, and FF! I wonder if that would be possible? Probably not.

    Up the ‘Ra tattoos will be selling out!

    1. Ringsend Incinerator

      Indeed – fair dues to Broadsheet coverage. And nobody can point the finger at BS for this turnout – not even Paddy Wifi-WebSummit….

      Unlike The Journal – LOL.

      “Irish media in UK media terms:

      Irish Indo = Daily Express
      Newstalk = Daily Express on radio
      Irish Times = Telegraph
      RTE = Telegraph on radio + TV

      The Journal = CTRL+C


      1. ReproBertie

        No sympathy for them. They’ve turned a blind eye to all the problems people are facing and are reaping the rewards now.

        1. GiggidyGoo

          Yep. Spot on.
          Ryan’s seat though is almost always guaranteed. Kinda like Brendan ‘I topped the poll’ Howlin (who didn’t, but who will hang on due to the charity of myself and some others.

  12. ReproBertie

    Sinn Féin beat Willie O’Dea in Limerick! Maurice Quinlivan elected on the first count. Willie’s about 30 votes short.

  13. GiggidyGoo

    So when the dust dies, will there be heaves against Varadkar (seat losses) and Martin ( party members want him to talk to SF), and if so, how soon?

    1. ReproBertie

      FG party rules mean that after an election if the leader of the party is not Taoiseach then their position is up for challenge.

      Martin will talk to SF but will they be interested?

      1. Yep

        Do you think SF could swing it? GP on carbon tax issue could be sorted? Wasn’t a hard line issue for SF, I think.

      2. GiggidyGoo

        I think Varadkar won’t be guaranteed support. Coveney is waiting in the wings.
        If FF talks with SF, I’d reckon SF will be interested. Given that FF proclaim themselves to be The Republican Party, it should be a fairly natural tie up.

        1. Cian

          SF will want another election in 6-12 months and try to capitalise on their current support. FF and FG will lose more seats.

          If SF are sharing power they will pull the government down at their leisure. I can’t see either FF or FG going into partnership with them if they can avoid it.

          1. Rob_G

            Steph – do you ever have anything interesting or stimulating to say?

            Or just invoking my name on random threads where I haven’t actually posted anything yet?

          2. Steph Pinker

            Hahahaha, Rob, maybe I fancy you! Seriously! You’re such a big, tall taxpayer with a goatee [in Belguim] with Irish money to spend in hotels and restaurants – what’s not to like, you Fine [Gael] thing? x

          3. Steph Pinker

            Hahahaha, Rob, maybe I fancy you! Seriously! You’re such a big, tall taxpayer with a goatee [in Belguim] with Irish money to spend in hotels and restaurants – what’s not to like, you Fine [Gael] thing? x

            Robert – you can take it any way you like or not at all – it won’t rent space in my head. I hear there’a a lot of snow in your part of the world at this time of year – enjoy :/

  14. Bottler

    “GiggidyGooFebruary 6, 2020 at 6:33 pm
    Little birdie tells me that Leo’s soldiers aren’t getting the expected reaction on the doors in his constituency. He might survive, but it’s not a foregone conclusion according to the birdie.”

    Am giving up reading comments due to the above dung!

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      How is any of what Gidggedy wrote untrue? Leo suffered massively in his constituency. Not in on first or second counts.

    2. millie vanilly strikes again

      In fact I see now that Leo has just been reelected on the *fifth* count. That’s fairly telling.

      1. D

        Was kind of hoping he would not get in. I’m starting to wonder did he want to be reelected at all, it was Otis Blue who I saw saying first. Or even the whole party, see Noonan sticking the knife in and saying Donohoe would be better in charge.

        Sufficiently advanced incompetence indistinguishable from malice…

        1. millie vanilly strikes again

          Wouldn’t it have been hilarious to see? His arrogance is tremendous – almost unbelievable. Can anyone really be that tone deaf? Can’t see him lasting as leader of FG, that’s for sure, never mind as Taoiseach. Coveney is just biding his time now.

        2. Otis Blue

          Be assured they wanted back in. But it was obvious their ground game was in rag order. Round my way they held two from three seats in 2016; now there’s every chance they’ll get nothing. People have been seething and waiting in the long grass. As Millie rightly suggests they’ve long been tone deaf. FG are absolutely useless at the actual business of politics. It’s their arrogance that has undone them – witness the high handed attitude to even talking to SF.

          And Coveney? No thanks. He lacks the goods.

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            exactly the arrogance, thinking they can ignore again a clear message from the people they are meant to be working FOR

  15. Tim

    I hope that those who voted for Sinn Fein are affected most by their fairy-tale policies and nightmarish principles if they get into government.

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      Nice to see the sore losers out in full. I hope that bitterness burns a hole on the way down.

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            can’t pay any attention to that Milly, just illustrates the true colours of that mentality

          2. millie vanilly strikes again

            Bottom of the barrel, as I said. I know exactly what he’s trying to infer with his comment, and frankly it’s disgusting and shows exactly what sort of person he is.

          1. GiggidyGoo

            Boy, the blueshirts are really smarting. So bad, that even A Person hasn’t posted anything…. oh wait….spoke too soon.

    2. Fearganainm

      “… “Come in! For it’s growing late,
      And the grass will wet ye!
      Come in! Or when it’s dark
      The Fenians will get ye…”

      1. Ringsend Incinerator

        MMOC fell off it. Already on the phone to Ballsy O’Connor and friends in the Sindo whingeing about sexism and gender-specific quotas, etc., etc.

    1. Fearganainm

      Out on the 6th

      That’s a terrific redressing of a wrong, she was a mediocre performer who was way, way, way out of her depth. Lacking in courage and honesty she made a laughing stock of herself with her unleashing gardaí on social media commentators and her mandatory but not compulsory nonsense. Her gobbledygook in place of transparency was an insult to the people of Ireland. Good riddance to the chancer.

  16. Shayna

    Does anyone remember this?
    Okay, not The Boul’ Gerry, but Mary Lou – it’s not inconceivable at this stage, or perhaps higher? “We won’t leave anyone behind”, said Mary Lou,clearly having a dig at FF, previously named Sinn Féin who agreed to handing over the top bit of Ireland to Britain.
    I think Ireland has become a tad smug over the past 30ish years – the investment from the EU made farmers who were previously struggling to be more than comfortable. Construction of new builds created jobs – lots of people had money, perhaps for the first time – cue The Celtic Tiger – ex-pats couldn’t afford to move back to Ireland (especially Dublin) because of spiralling prices of rent. The affordable housing issue has been a crisis for as long as I remember, with promises, but no resolution The “Crying Chair” posts on BS illustrates just this.
    Maybe Sinn Féin in Government will shake the “Tiger” and country awake, . I’m aware of the dissenters of SF, but did anyone hear of The Good Friday Agreement?
    I remember “The Golden New Dawn” speech by Tony Blair in ’97 – I voted Labour (living in London type). I’m wondering about the title to Mary Lou’s speech, perhaps, “The Totally Green Dawn”?

  17. Ben Madigan

    Any idea why Mary Lou didn’t have a running mate to pick up her transfers? She was always going to get a big vote.

        1. jamesjoist

          explain random , it is a concept that has eluded mathematics, I’m not being obtuse, I really want to know how returning officers can be unbiased

          1. Otis Blue

            As I understand it, those counting the votes look at the most recent parcel of votes that the winning candidate received i.e those that brought the candidate over the quota. These are then allocated according to preferences stated.

          2. ReproBertie

            No, it’s not random. All the next preferences are counted and divided out in proportion (thanks V).

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