Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gerry Adams: grievances, spies, spooks and the lies

In accusing others of lying about his party, Adams misrepresented an old man

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

Gerry Adams: 'Contrary to the Wild West image portrayed by some elements in the media and others in this chamber, the people of the border region are decent law-abiding citizens'
Gerry Adams: 'Contrary to the Wild West image portrayed by some elements in the media and others in this chamber, the people of the border region are decent law-abiding citizens'

I had an invigorating few days in Indiana last week, talking about crime fiction at a convention for writers and readers, and at a university, talking about the stark problems facing Europe.

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The world of crime readers and writers is full of good cheer and laughter and while the discussion about Europe with a different audience was serious, I was heartened by the wide perspective of Americans and their inveterate optimism about the future.

Then, midweek, I got back home and, catching up on Irish news, was in a world of recriminations and grievances and victimhood as I watched a recording of Gerry Adams addressing the Dail on Tuesday.

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