Thursday 23 February 2017

Adams must stay on as leader to keep Sinn Fein out of power

The naked trampolinist is doing a quite magnificent service to democracy in dragging his party down, writes Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill

Gerry Adams voting during this year’s general election
Gerry Adams voting during this year’s general election

Years ago, in the early 2000s, a former senior Sinn Fein election strategist told me he had suggested that Gerry Adams move from his west Belfast constituency to the South, in order to advance electorally. According to him, the idea was shot down - no pun intended - and Adams was keen to remain where he was.

In 2010, after the Aine Adams case and my own had initially hit the public domain, Adams suddenly indicated he was moving south.

The two events may well have been entirely unconnected. In any event, due to Adams's move and his involvement in both cases, it was a futile exercise, if they were linked. Sinn Fein was catapulted into the centre of a child-abuse storm in 2014 on both sides of the island and in both parliaments.

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