Saturday 20 January 2018

Adams's callousness reveals gulf between Sinn Fein and Irish public

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

THE disconnect between the Sinn Fein hierarchy's thought processes and those of most Irish people is more pronounced than I suspected. And that causes a problem for the party – but it causes a graver one for democracy.

It's not just that Gerry Adams is a leader whose past is an impediment to his party gaining broad popular support in the Republic. It's that a certain ambiguity in the leader's attitude to murders carried out by the IRA during the Troubles has infected others in his party.

Younger politicians who are supposed to embody the post-Good Friday generation. The clean pair of hands generation. The generation preparing to succeed Adams, in time.

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