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A divisive but decisive figur

Posted By: November 20, 2017

Irish News Editorial. Belfast. Monday, November 20, 2017 Gerry Adams, who has announced his intention to stand down as president of Sinn Féin, has invariably been a political leader who has attracted widely conflicting assessments.His admirers view him as a figure in the mold of Pearse and Connolly who survived turmoil and imprisonment before developing a peace strategy which transformed modern  Ireland.Critics regard […]

Customs union must be part of Brexit deal says shadow chancellor

Posted By: November 20, 2017

Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, November 20, 2017A CUSTOMS union across the island of Ireland must remain for the good of the economy, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said, as the most recent evidence shows that plans to leave the EU are already costing households in Northern Ireland more than £400 a year.Mr. McDonnell said that “discussions should be had” about […]

Adams decision will see party look south for future direction

Posted By: November 20, 2017

Brian Feeney. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, November 20, 2017SATURDAY night’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis was historic for more reasons than Gerry Adams announcing his retirement.Of course, that announcement got all of the publicity including lengthy heavyweight political obituaries of Adams.After all,  he has been the dominant figure in Irish republicanism for over 40 years, ever since he emerged as the […]

McDonald in pole position to assume SF presidency

Posted By: November 20, 2017

John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, November 20, 2017SINN FÉIN’S Mary Lou McDonald is the clear favorite to take over the role as party leader when Gerry Adams steps down next year.The Sinn Féin deputy leader was described recently by her party colleague Carál Ní Chuílín as “one of the most formidable women in politics.”Born in May 1969, she was raised in […]

Hello Mary Lou – Adams’ likely successor could be first female Taoiseach

Posted By: November 20, 2017

Niall O’Dowd@niallodowdIrish Central. November 20, 2017 The transition from Sinn Fein leadership with Gerry Adams stepping down and Martin McGuinness tragically passing away is causing whiplash for many observers so used to decades of continuity in the Sinn Fein top jobs.Adams and McGuinness seem certain to be replaced by Michelle O’Neill, already in situ in the North, and Mary Lou McDonald […]

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