Sunday 4 December 2016

Adams's refusal to step aside shows brazen contempt for most ordinary folk

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Helen McKendry, the daugher of Jean McConville, on Shelling Hill beach in north Louth. Photo: Tom Conachy
Helen McKendry, the daugher of Jean McConville, on Shelling Hill beach in north Louth. Photo: Tom Conachy

Gerry Adams probably thought he was being clever when he finally admitted last week: "It isn't a question of if I will step down, it's a question of when".

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The Sinn Féin president even added mysteriously: "We have a plan." That will stop the speculation about my leadership, he must have hoped.

Unfortunately for his party, they failed to take into account the recurring tendency of their Glorious Leader's past to catch up with him. The latest spanner in the works came on BBC's 'Spotlight' with the claim that Mr Adams personally sanctioned the murder of fellow party veteran Denis Donaldson.

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