Adams: crisis, what crisis?

Gerry Adams returns from his book tour in Spain to steady the nerves of the party faithful, and argues there is no crisis within the party.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    To an extent he is right, the maelstrom seems to be whirling around SF not within. As mentioned on another thread with each passing arrest and subsequent release without charge or evidence produced what will the consensus within nationalism be?
    It doesn’t take an expert to work that one out.

  • john

    To an extent he is right, the maelstrom seems to be whirling around SF not within.

    Pat

    That would seem to me to be the worst form of self-delusion I’ve heard in many years. The Irish state, whether through smoking mirrors or substantive allegations, has put it up to Sinn Fein.

    SF would need to be full of prosac munchers not to be in high doe about the matter as it seems that their day has gone.

    The SF juggernaut has been put in reverse in a matter of weeks. If you build your house on media sand then the storm will come and wash it away.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    John, other than wishful thinking can you put any evidence forward that your analysis ids correct, it is hard to argue against otherwise.

  • john

    What evidence do you need, Pat? that if you build a house on sand it will be washed away wen te storm comes. Why don’t you take a trip to the beach and try this? In terms of sF, everything is done through and for the media, rather than in sincere ways.

    It is clear that the Irish government have chanced upon one of the sources of money laundering in their state, and the only response from Gerry Adams is to tell members of SF to stay calm.

    What about an explanation of the arrests of their members, including Mr Hanlon, a former Euro election agent. People understand that the only reason that criminals try to stay calm is in order that they get a chance to get their stories straight.

    I suppose you’ll want evidence of that too, Pat? I’ll not play the evidence game with an SF’er after what happened to the forensic evidence outside the Magennis Bar after Robert McCartney was slain.

  • Malachy

    John, some useful evidence would be:

    1. The arrest and incarceration of a leading member of Sinn Fein (with a fair trial).
    2. Proof that this person was involved in discussions with the Irish and British Governments while knowing about this bank raid.

    I’d imagine this is what SF are waiting for. I know I am.

    Until then this looks like a disgusting political and media sham to me. Not exactly a crisis for SF.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    John,

    i’m old enough to remember the Dowra affair when a FF government minister instigated an arrest in order to save the career of his Garda brother in law.
    Of course at the time it was denied , but subsequent facts disproved that, I remain convinced that governments are capable of anything, especially FF ones.

  • Henry94

    john

    What about an explanation of the arrests of their members, including Mr Hanlon, a former Euro election agent.

    I’d like an explanation for that too. From the people who arrested him causing a media frenzy and then released him without charge.

    You say members but Hanlon was the only SF member arrested.

  • mickhall

    An interesting point is Mr Adams seems to be now saying SF is not engaged in criminal acts. Which is somewhat strange as I dont think anyone has claimed they were. In the past it was the RM he defended from this charge, is something of a separation going on here? If so he is engaged in a high risk strategy by attempting to seperate the different parts of what he calls the republican family..