Tuesday 24 January 2017

It's time that Sinn Fein sorted out its own problems

The peace processors should stop running off to Dublin and London, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 13/09/2015 | 00:00

Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams
Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams

I've identified an important anniversary that we've forgotten to commemorate. It was in April 1995 that the then Taoiseach, John Bruton, lost his temper in Cork and told a journalist he was "sick of answering questions about the f**king peace process''.

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That was 20 years and three taoisigh ago. Since then, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny have managed not to echo Bruton publicly, but they would be superhuman if they hadn't often felt just as fed up as he was.

What probably doesn't help is that while most of the politicians change from time to time (John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and now David Cameron), the Sinn Fein leaders don't.

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