Saturday 20 January 2018

'Hume-Adams' is not the elixir of political life

The former SDLP leader's embrace of the IRA needed to be scrutinised, writes John Paul McCarthy

Your lowest moment, dear reader, from Marian Finucane's essential radio show last Saturday?

The reminder, courtesy of Gemma Hussey, of the intimidation of one journalist at the hands of McGuinness's supporters, and the subjection of another one to a credible death threat? Or maybe the attempt by another contributor to discredit the Sunday Independent by arguing that it missed an historic trick in 1993 by not fawning over John Hume's embrace of Gerry Adams?

Ill-informed RTE panels always use this charge when trying to put a gash in this paper's hide. But a moment's reflection shows the analytical nullity of that contribution.

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