Tuesday 26 September 2017

John Drennan: Adams turns into proper Charlie in political twilight

But the SF leader's spectral figure could damage the prospects of his successor, writes John Drennan

SURVIVOR: Charles Haughey 'the great escapologist who skipped away from the phone-tapping, the leadership battles'
SURVIVOR: Charles Haughey 'the great escapologist who skipped away from the phone-tapping, the leadership battles'
John Drennan

John Drennan

Gerry Adams is at the point of discovering that very often the greatest moment of danger for any leader of a 'democratic' party occurs when you are seen to be a source of difficulty for future leaders.

And intriguingly, in last week's TV3 documentary on Sinn Fein, it is clear the biggest victim of his contested dark past is his likely successor Mary Lou McDonald.

This was evident in Ursula Halligan's gripping encounter with McDonald as she shopped for prawns in the safe setting of Superquinn.

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