Saturday 29 July 2017

First signs of Adams’ trusty Teflon image wearing thin on public

Halt to Sinn Fein surge may signal beginning of the end for the ancient Belfast-centred regime, writes John Drennan

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
John Drennan

John Drennan

One of the most intriguing features of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis last month was that a week later the aftershocks of the event were still rippling through Leinster House on the Tuesday after the leader’s speech.

That is a rare occurrence, for such events normally have the lifespan of a Mayfly where the leader’s speech is over at 9, reported on at 9.02 and forgotten by 9.30.

However, what seized people’s attention in Derry was not so much the faded 1960s-style wallpaper of Gerry Adams’ rhetoric.

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