Monday 23 July 2018

Adams only ever served interests of IRA and Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein's outgoing President rides off into the sunset still deplorably justifying terrorism, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Gerry Adams. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gerry Adams. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's only right that Sinn Fein should honour Gerry Adams this weekend. He is much respected and fondly regarded in the party, and has been its leader for 34 years, a length of tenure which may seem more characteristic of autocrats than democrats, but which his supporters consider a source of pride all the same. They're entitled to give him a rousing send-off.

The real question is whether the country itself should join in the plaudits, but why should it when everything that Gerry Adams has done has been for the benefit of either the IRA or Sinn Fein.

Advancing the republican movement's interests has been his abiding preoccupation, and it has only ever been a coincidence when those concerns overlapped with what was best for Ireland.

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