The audacity of Gerry Adams
The Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, last week delivered a speech at the Mansion House in Dublin in which he sought to associate the Easter Rising 1916 with the political party he has led since 1983 and urged his followers to "Join the Rising" in the General Election against Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour.
It must be acknowledged that the Sinn Fein president was playing to an audience of party supporters, and that the country is a matter of weeks from what will be a seminal election, but it still has to be said that Mr Adams's audacity knows no bounds.
Perhaps his brazen highlight was to seamlessly refer to the blood sacrifice of the Easter Rising leaders 100 years ago in the same breath as the misguided hunger strikers 35 years ago. It is a proposition that will be far beyond the acceptance of the vast majority of citizens in the Republic, but is part of a clear and cynical strategy by Sinn Fein to equate the heroic events which led to the foundation of the State to the campaign of violence orchestrated by the Provisional IRA for around 30 years, which has still not fully settled and which never had a mandate.