A year of scandal but Gerry's digging his heels in
Gerry Adams has faced a number of tough questions this year but his leadership has somehow remained intact, writes Jim Cusack
The Republic has suffered from "decades of gombeenism", Gerry Adams stated in his latest weekly column for the west Belfast Sinn Fein-supporting newspaper, Andersonstown News.
He quoted a 'southern comrade' who told him to count his fingers after shaking hands with any Fine Gael, Fianna Fail or Labour politicians. In all these parties, he was advised, "partitionism is ingrained".
Adams (left) then lashed into Fine Gael and Fianna Fail accusing them of "turning their back on truth recovery" in their criticism of him for failing to supply gardai with information about the IRA's murder of Portlaoise prison chief Brian Stack in March 1983.