Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gerry's got a captive audience down on Fenian Street

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

IT may be less than 170km from Belfast to Dublin, but Gerry Adams was a long distance from the inhospitable interior of Antrim police station last night when he declared to supporters: "Sinn Fein's commitment is to build the peace."

A few days ago he was inside its solid walls, undergoing 33 successive taped interviews relating to the abduction and murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville; while, outside the building, the story of his arrest whirled worldwide amid fevered speculation about his future as Sinn Fein president.

But there were no doubts, not a scintilla of speculation in the stuffed room in the hotel on what Mary Lou McDonald called the "appropriately" named Fenian Street.

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