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Malachi O'Doherty

So, Gerry Adams waits 27 years to tell us he doesn't believe in consent principle and no one even notices

Malachi O'Doherty


There would be uproar if a unionist did the same, but ex-SF president just gets away with it, says Malachi O'Doherty

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Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

Bobby Storey

Bobby Storey

Gerry Adams

Imagine a political leader who has taken his party through a radical transformation in the way in which Gerry Adams drew Sinn Fein into the Good Friday Agreement. And then imagine him standing before the massed ranks of his party and the IRA and contradicting the fundamentals of that agreement and no one calling him out on it.

Over a period of nearly two decades, from 1990 to 2007, Adams re-educated the republican base on the best route to a united Ireland. One of his key allies in that process was Bobby Storey. We can fairly suppose some republicans had great difficulty with the changes that they were encouraged to make. Indeed, Storey was as much an enforcer of the party line as an explainer.

Bobby Storey