Lise Hand: SF knocked from perch by 'dead parrot' claims
Once again, it was Dead Parrot Hour outside the Four Courts at noon. Yesterday, it was Gerry Adams who was playing the role of the insouciant pet-shop chappie who blithely insisted that the feathered bird lying motionless on the bottom of the irate owner's cage wasn't in fact deceased. It was merely resting or just pining for the fjords.
The Sinn Fein leader was equally adamant that Pearse Doherty's legal challenge had not in any way ceased to be and was gone to meet its maker. It was most definitely not an ex-challenge.
Not a bit of it. "Well, I'm sure you'll all agree that this is a very, very significant judgment," Gerry told the reporters waiting for him outside the Four Courts afterwards.