Tuesday 6 December 2016

Adams is either naive or grossly irresponsible

Published 22/12/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin's determination to build a political foundation on victimhood is already getting old. Its mission to present its newest candidate for martyrdom, in the form of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, would be laughable were it not for the fact that it could be seen as a ploy to distract from a more cynical intent.

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Plenty of republicans have made genuine and true sacrifices towards the foundation of this State, and next year they will be remembered in the 1916 commemorations. But the insistence by both Mr Adams, and Mary Lou McDonald, that the tax-dodging suspected Provo leader Murphy - who built a multi-million euro empire out of criminality - is a good republican, are disturbing. Their blind admiration for him raises interesting questions about the kind of republic they nurture in their hearts, if he is a paragon of its virtues.

Could it be that, before fashioning a republic of their own, they must first attack the foundations of the one the rest of us reside in - so they may seek to undermine it by raising a whole number of doubts about how justice is done.

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