Adams apparently falling from favour in Republic…

YOU have to take them with a pinch of salt, but a poll carried out after the Northern Bank robbery has indicated that Gerry Adams’ personal approval rating has dropped nine points – from 51% to 42% – since last October. “Significantly, 38% of those polled say they are dissatisfied with Mr Adams,” says the Examiner. A better barometer of opinion will be the results of upcoming by-elections in the south, including one in Meath where the candidate has backed controversial statements by Mitchel McLaughlin.