Opinion Comment

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Proximity to murder is part of the Adams fixtures and fittings

We hardly bat an eyelid at grotesque accusations, yet the Sinn Fein leader is damaging his party, writes Eoin O'Malley

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Eoin O'Malley

Imagine a candidate who rails against globalisation and powerful international institutions. One who thinks American multinationals should stop avoiding tax through dubious accounting practices. He is anti-elite, yet has spent decades rubbing shoulders with presidents and prime ministers. He uses Twitter to say outrageous things but this never seems to have an impact on his polling numbers. He has a dark past that no one seems to care about. He is someone about whom few are ambivalent - people either love or loathe him.

This could be either Gerry Adams or Donald Trump.

Imagine now that he leads a party that has spent the last eight years campaigning against austerity; against policies all the main parties supported; against policies the public has opposed and that have caused real hardship in many people's lives.

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