Thursday 19 October 2017

Adams may be harder to get rid of than Sinn Fein hopes

Once again we're all speculating on the Sinn Fein leader's future, and that's just how Gerry likes it

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams Photo: Reuters
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams Photo: Reuters

Eilis O'Hanlon

Life on Planet Shinner involves being in a state of permanent cognitive dissonance, believing two opposite things at the same time whilst pretending to the world, but most of all to yourself, that there's no contradiction.

Right now, this means doing an about turn on entering coalition as a junior partner, on the grounds that Sinn Fein is a natural party of government, while refusing to walk through an open door back into government in the North.

It means railing with equal fervour against those who, in Dublin, put up obstacles to sharing power with SF, and others who, in Belfast, put up no preconditions whatsoever. It means denying that there's a culture of bullying in the party, no matter how many former members describe their experiences of being systematically bullied for stepping out of line. Most of all it means colluding in the make-believe act that there are elections to pick the party president at the Ard Fheis when what actually happens is that Gerry Adams announces that he'll be standing again and everyone immediately agrees that he's the best man for the job and steps aside so that he can have a free run.

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