Saturday 24 February 2018

Gerry Adams would rather praise fanatics than respect democrats

What irks the Sinn Fein leader is that former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave did his duty and defended the Republic against the IRA

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eilis O'Hanlon

There's a psychological theory that holds the faults we most strongly criticise in other people are those of which, deep down, we know ourselves to be guilty.

It's remarkable how often politicians conform to the rule. Consider the latest comments by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who declared in the Dail last week that former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who has died at the age of 97, had been a "controversial and divisive figure".

To say that this was stunning in its lack of irony or self-awareness would be to take understatement to a whole new level.

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