Friday 24 November 2017

Adams' departure as SF leader is now a little closer no matter election outcome

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams has now become an electoral liability. Photo: Damien Eagers
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams has now become an electoral liability. Photo: Damien Eagers
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

And then there were three. Regardless of how the investigation into the 1972 murder of Jean McConville proceeds, Gerry Adams can surely be added to the list of party leaders – already containing Eamon Gilmore and Micheal Martin – whose future may depend on the outcome of polling on May 23.

For all Sinn Fein's protestations that Adams voluntarily presented himself for interview and the claims that the timing of his arrest was politically motivated, this is a potentially disastrous development for the party and its leader.

Just when Sinn Fein seemed to be on a cusp of smashing through the ceiling that limited its support for decades comes the most vivid reminder of the party's bloody past.

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