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Adams, do the decent thing – retire

Having evolved from rebel to peacemaker, the SF leader is still haunted by many ghosts.

John-Paul McCarthy

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

Jean McConville's coffin passing the Divis Flats, in Belfast
Jean McConville's coffin passing the Divis Flats, in Belfast

In his great meditation on the origins of our species, Charles Darwin wrote about the anomalies in the evolutionary process.

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He coined the term "sports" when referring to certain species that turned out to be unusually and unexpectedly adaptive to their environments. Gerry Adams is our outstanding "sport".

In his youth he positioned himself as the long-term intellectual heir of Liam Mellows, the anti-Treaty TD who lent a veneer of philosophical detachment to the Irregulars' campaign of fantastic physical vandalism.

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