Tuesday 25 April 2017

SF might have a new face in North - but Adams still hasn't gone away

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (left) and Northern leader Michelle O’Neill (right) talk to the press in Belfast. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (left) and Northern leader Michelle O’Neill (right) talk to the press in Belfast. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

The only surprise about Micheál Martin's weekend salvo, aimed at Sinn Féin's recent leadership succession in the North, was that it took so long for it to happen.

Mr Martin's description of Sinn Féin as a "centrally controlled, undemocratic party" drew a predictably immediate and angry riposte from Gerry Adams, but sometimes his party really does make it too easy for its political opponents.

The manner in which Michelle O'Neill emerged as the party's Northern leader a few weeks back was extraordinary. It was the equivalent of the way, a century ago, the Tories used to pick their new leader, with the chosen candidate emerging from a smoke-filled room after consensus was finally reached.

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