Gerry Adams has become a liability to Sinn Fein – it's time for him to go
'L'Etat, cest moi" – "I am the State." France's Sun King, Louis XIV, is credited with coining that self-reverential phrase. Whether he did or not, he wouldn't be the only leader to see himself as indivisible from the organisation he was instrumental in building up.
Nobody likes to be told it's time to go when they'd prefer to stay. Least of all figures who have been players on the scene for a prolonged period, devoting their lives to a cause.
Which brings me to the two main opposition parties in the Dail, both led by men about whom voters have strong views. Change at the top is needed if Sinn Fein is to become a significant contender in the Republic, and if Fianna Fail's fortunes are to be revived.