Sunday 21 January 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Adams is in no position to lecture anyone on abuse

The sickening hypocrisy of SF's leader on sexual and violent crime means it's time for him to quit, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

THERE are some subjects on which Gerry Adams would score highly on Mastermind. The activities of the Belfast Brigade in the 1970s, for example.

Then there are topics, such as economics, about which he is manifestly less knowledgeable. It's worth wondering how much better the "No" campaign might be doing if it didn't have Sinn Fein heading it up. For every voter persuaded by the fiery anti-austerity rhetoric, there must be at least three who, whilst unconvinced by the fiscal treaty, run screaming at the prospect of Adams & co being the alternative.

Another area about which Gerry Adams can be said to know little is Christian ethics, though he wastes no time in constantly reminding interviewers that he is a practising Catholic -- and here's hoping he keeps practising and finally gets the hang of the Fifth Commandment one day, sufficient to explain it to his erstwhile colleagues. It didn't stop him throwing his oar into the debate about Cardinal Brady's role in the investigation of clerical abuse last week.

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