Someone said :
Blah - if we were to say there was no reason for Sinn Fein the same could be said of FF/FG.
And I would not say that the historical divide still makes sense.
To the extent that I think FF is going to reform as a new party, with a change of name that will bury the "civil war politics".
They will re-emerge as something like "The Republican Party".
Then soon, FG will need a face lift too. Either FG will operate a reverse take over of the failed Republican Party, or will merge with it to face a growing Labour Party, which will end up as some acronym party after its own face lift.
Eventually you may end up with:
- The Greens, lefticised
- The Blue House (right, conservative)
- The Red Tree (left, social democrat)
- and a middle of centre party ("The Centre") between them, doing what the PD's may have done if they had survived
- and of course a reactionary extreme right, claiming to be socially on the left, economically on the right, and nationalist... a social nationalist party which will end up making immigrants and foreigners the enemies and will coalesce with the right-wing parties when The Centre joins the red Tree, and be ostracized when The Centre joins the Blue House. Because the FF/FG division is just as imaginary as SF is useful and meaningful.