“little or no chance of a deal”

The Observer’s Henry McDonald follows up on his initial thoughts on Adams’ speech.. and sees a scam coming. In a similar vein to Ed Moloney, he predicts only a ‘paper divorce’ of the IRA from Sinn Féin because, as he puts it, “to ask the Sinn Fein leadership to divorce from the leadership of the IRA is tantamount to asking Sinn Fein to adopt a series of split personalities” and he references an article by Jim Gibney in the Irish News (thoughtfully transcribed at the time by Newshound), “Political demands and ultimatums, irrespective of who makes them, will not secure the IRA’s premature departure.”