I have to say that towards the end of the election I was a little confused by the faux outrage of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael at the mere mention by Frank Flannery, Fine Gael Strategy Supremo, that perhaps the time was coming when the Blue Shirts would have to consider government with Sinn Féin.
According to Dermot Ahern he was sick to his stomach, so was I..........I thought Flannery said Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.
As a Socialist Republican the idea of being in government with Fine Gael/West Brits makes my stomach churn.
That said politics is the art of the possible and while my political sensibilities would be challenged by such a proposal I would never rule it out if a programme for government could be agreed.
I am involved with the Republican struggle in order to advance Republican objectives and if they can be furthered by going into government with Fine Gael then I would hold my nose and support Sinn Féin TD's walking into the Dáil and voting Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
The political reality is thus, if after the next election numbers dictate that Sinn Féin will be in government then Sinn Féin will be in government.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may like to pretend otherwise but both know that is the reality of Southern politics.
Governments there have a history of strange bedfellows.
Charlie Flanagan, Justice Spokesperson for Fine Gael, seems to see that political reality as well.
Every Irish political party emerged from the barrell of a gun in one way or another, to suggest otherwise is rank hypocrisy.
For Fine Gael to venerate a man like Michael Collins and then turn their nose up at so-called Sinn Féin/IRA gunmen does leave me with a wry smile.
Fine Gael don't do rank hypocrisy, but if they did......