Thursday 8 December 2016

All hail Caesar Adams... but his time at helm is almost over

Its members persist with the pretence that 34 years of autocratic leadership is nothing to worry about, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea

Published 24/07/2016 | 02:30

Unchallenged: Gerry Adams pictured in 1983, the year he became Sinn Fein president — a position he holds to this day. Photo: PA
Unchallenged: Gerry Adams pictured in 1983, the year he became Sinn Fein president — a position he holds to this day. Photo: PA

Two weeks ago, I suggested that Gerry Adams should follow the example of his fellow eurosceptic, Nigel Farage, and quit as leader of his party - while it still looks like his own idea.

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I did not think for a moment that Adams would take the slightest notice of it, but I have been intrigued over the last week to see that others are starting to think along the same lines.

Even Eoin O Broin, Adams's most fervent and fawning apologist, was ready to tell the MacGill Summer School he thought it was "quite possible" that Gerry Adams would not be the party's leader in five years' time.

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