Monday 23 April 2018

For Goodness sake, Gerry, it's not just all about you

Gerry Adams musing on the Christian forgiveness of past sins? The omens aren't good, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

'IT'S a wonderful time to be a comic," observed Northern Irish stand-up Jake O'Kane during a recent gig at Belfast's iconic Empire Bar. "You don't have to write anything. You just read the newspaper."

He was referring to the hapless and increasingly ludicrous attempts by Gerry Adams to dig himself out of a hole after it was revealed that his brother, Liam, an alleged child abuser, had been secretly working for Sinn Fein for years -- an approach which O'Kane basically summed up as: "I have no memory of having a brother."

Which sounds about right from a man who has a similar memory loss about his time in charge of the IRA during Bloody Friday and the abduction and murder of mother-of- 10 Jean McConville, albeit that the fantasy is crumbling fast as the publication date of Provo killer Brendan Hughes's posthumous memoirs draws ever closer. Dolours Price is the latest to go public with her recollections of the Troubles, when Gerry Adams was, she confirmed last week, her Officer Commanding.

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