Saturday 18 August 2018

Official Ireland built a stage for Adams's Irish Language Act

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Of all the tricks that Gerry Adams ever pulled, this one about the Irish Language Act is perhaps the most inspired. It may even be his masterpiece.

That it has come so late in his career is a testament not just to the brilliance of the Act itself, but to the indefatigable character of its inventor, whose work it seems is never done in the pursuit of his visions.

From Martin McGuinness you got a sense that IRA/Sinn Fein had reached the end of something - it might not have been the truth but it was definitely a sense, an impression he gave, that his best work, as it were, was behind him.

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