Tuesday 12 December 2017

Adams wants direct rule in the North, coalition in the South

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last Sunday, Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein were in trouble in the Republic on two issues: Gerry Adams's call not to prosecute the murderers of Tom Oliver, and Sinn Fein's rejection of Arlene Foster's olive-branch speech on restoring the Northern Executive.

But last Monday, two Northern nationalists, Eamonn Mallie and Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, rode to Sinn Fein's rescue.

Both sang from the same anti-Arlene Foster hymn sheet, although Eastwood's remarks lacked the dismissiveness of Mallie's polemic in The Irish Times.

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