Sunday 25 February 2018

Under fire from all sides: Gerry Adams distrusted by dissidents and democrats

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media at Leinster House. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media at Leinster House. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
John Downing

John Downing

If this all seems depressingly familiar, it will be because it has happened several times before in a clearly established format.

There is a pattern to the travails of one Gerard Adams. First come the accusations; these are met by denials; then variously the other Sinn Féin heavy-hitters come out by degrees to stand by their man and denounce his detractors.

The counter-attacks then follow with the accusers coming under fire, variously dubbed securocrats with an agenda. Finally, there are no-holds barred attacks on the media messengers who are branded as lackeys of the system.

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