Adams must not be distracted…

Brian Feeney reckons that even if the DUP is split (hmmm, a lot of PR noise and one local councillor resignation is what it is), Sinn Fein should not be distracted (subs needed) from ‘doing the right thing’.

Gerry Adams can’t go to Fermanagh a fortnight ago and say SF must move on policing because it’s the ‘right thing to do’, then refuse to move on policing because DUP hardliners have Paisley spancelled. Moving on policing and justice has an all-Ireland dimension which should not be forgotten in the context of the Republic’s election but mainly it would leave the DUP exposed as self-confessed bigots and split down the middle. It’s a first for one of those.

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