In the back of a car with Gerry…

MARK Devenport caught up with Gerry Adams at Chequers last week for Inside Politics. In his gloomy outlook written afterwards, he detects significant drift in the process, as the Governments scramble about for a Plan B.

Adams’ answer on Inside Politics to who knew what and when regarding the Northern heist and on who was responsible is interesting, for those who like to dissect these things. Evasive?

He also dismissed the Taoiseach’s accusation that Sinn Fein could turn IRA violence on and off, depending on the state of political play. Others have already disagreed, and the Irish Justice Minister has long held the view that Sinn Fein has influence over ‘internal housekeeping’ matters and so-called ‘punishment’ attacks, such as these recent ones.

Adams suggests that politics can still advance on other agendas, and doesn’t rule out an Assembly without an Executive, which fits in with the possibility of a scrutiny function for MLAs.

  • peteb

    Mark Devenport suggests, “He [Adams] did not threaten to boycott such bodies”.. hmm.. He hasn’t used those exact words, but SF’s stated position seems to have been slightly altered since that was written – “if the governments want to go with something else, then they should stand up and say the Agreement is finished and we can all negotiate”

  • aquifer

    ‘Adams’ answer on Inside Politics to who knew what and when regarding the Northern heist and on who was responsible is interesting, for those who like to dissect these things. Evasive?’

    When SF supposedly denied the suggestion that the IRA had discussed shooting John Hume, there was something funny about the word order used then too.

  • CavanMan

    a Plan B?sounds like joint authority to me.