Thursday 8 December 2016

Gerry's got a captive audience down on Fenian Street

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

IT may be less than 170km from Belfast to Dublin, but Gerry Adams was a long distance from the inhospitable interior of Antrim police station last night when he declared to supporters: "Sinn Fein's commitment is to build the peace."

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A few days ago he was inside its solid walls, undergoing 33 successive taped interviews relating to the abduction and murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville; while, outside the building, the story of his arrest whirled worldwide amid fevered speculation about his future as Sinn Fein president.

But there were no doubts, not a scintilla of speculation in the stuffed room in the hotel on what Mary Lou McDonald called the "appropriately" named Fenian Street.

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