Saturday 21 January 2017

Judge Adams on his entire career

Published 06/03/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I hope Eoin O Murchu recovers well from his illness. But his more considered response to the suggestion -- that the new government should examine if there is a prima facie case for reporting Mr Adams TD to the War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague -- seems just as wayward as his original outburst (Sunday Independent, February 27).

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"I think the campaign [led by Helen McConville and her husband Seamus McKendry] is totally dishonest... Adams should be judged on what he has to say on the economy, the political issues of the day and all these questions."

Indeed he should. But should he not be judged on the totality of his political career? That is how other politicians are judged, from Brian Lenihan to Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin. Why should there be selective amnesia in relation to Mr Adams, and Mr Adams alone, for the past four decades or so of his public, not to say his political life?

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