Friday 22 September 2017

Sinn Fein doesn't have a future if it can't acknowledge it has a past

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, with party colleagues at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Wexford on Saturday. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, with party colleagues at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Wexford on Saturday. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
John Downing

John Downing

ONCE, in the teeth of a very hard-fought by-election, the town of Killarney was promised a wellington-making factory by the Fianna Fail government.

You've probably guessed the second half of this morality tale. Fianna Fail's battler won the by-election. And that was the first and last that was ever heard of Killarney's wellington factory.

That happened near enough 50 years ago, back in 1966. But it came to mind at precisely 8.37pm last Saturday at the splendid Wexford Opera House as Gerry Adams addressed Sinn Fein members in the auditorium and the nation at large via RTE television.

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