The same article however produces a nice (for Unionists!) touch of irony with the *all-Ireland* campaigning strategy of Ireland’s only *all-Ireland* party:
In the 2007 general election, in which McDonald failed to gain a Dail seat, Sinn Fein poured in workers from west Belfast and Antrim to canvass areas of core support. Dublin Sinn Fein members were sent to middle-class areas where the party hoped to attract new support. The feedback they got, outlined in an internal party report, was that northern voices were a turn-off and many of the canvassers were not well enough versed in Dublin politics to answer questions on the doorsteps. Even in Sinn Fein’s areas of strength, partitionism is alive and well.
That's a shocker last sentence and no mistake.
Anyway, they're not making the same error this time:
This year the party will again be deploying northerners to help McDonald and Mac Lochlainn, but will keep them well out of sight. The Nordies will be given roles as drivers, putting up posters and marking registers, none of which involve speaking to the public.
Exiled to the back of the election band-wagon in other words...shades of Alabama in the 50s there methinks.