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Burning Investors Pays Political Dividend in Sinn Fein Campaign

Gerry Adams, president of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, is selling a clear message ahead of Ireland’s election this month: burn the bank bondholders and send the International Monetary Fund home.

His stance appears to be winning voters, at least according to opinion polls ahead of the Feb. 25 vote. Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army before the group laid down its arms, may double support to about 14 percent. That leaves it vying for third place with Fianna Fail, the party in government and the lightening rod for Irish ire over the country’s financial demise.