Adams is no loss to this island's political future
Gerry Adams and his adoring Sinn Féin fans argue that he played a big role in leading the IRA out of 30 years of death and destruction on this island. But amid all the dewy-eyed euphoria of his carefully choreographed 'long goodbye', let us never forget that Mr Adams also played an equally huge role in leading republicans into that three-decade vortex of violence.
His specious attempts to rewrite the history of these islands cannot be allowed to overshadow three basic facts.
Fact 1: Almost half of the 3,636 people who lost their lives in what we euphemistically call the 'Troubles' were killed by the IRA. That incontrovertible reality is best summed by the invaluable book 'Lost Lives', which dispassionately chronicled the relentless taking of human life in Ireland for the years 1969-1999.