Adams is badly wounded and his enemies can smell blood
Gerry Adams' interaction with his own flesh and blood, in the shape of his brother Liam and niece Aine, may prove to be the single most damaging element of his career. Yet it also reveals the struggles touching the man rarely seen behind the political mask.
Consider the conflicting loyalties facing the Sinn Fein leader when his niece confided in him back in 1987 that her father had been abusing her for years, since she was four.
He said he believed and supported her when she first turned to him about the sexual abuse. Yet he waited nine years to go to the police with information which backed up her claims.