Mind of Adams
egist of exceptional talent: dirty politics and white lies notwithstanding.
Compromise and the road to peace would come, eventually. But only, as O’doherty rightly points out, when Adams could see that bombs and bullets, from the 1980s onwards, would cost Sinn Fein votes in the long term.
Adams became a God-like figure in the republican movement in the mid 1970s, O’DOherty believes. Primarily because he gave it a project and purpose, when most of the organisation was in jail, due to the internment laws the British government had implemented.
If Adams still commands much loyalty in his party today, it’s because many Shinners have not forgotten his strong leadership skills when the chips were down, O’doherty suggests. There are few figures in public life — Irish or globally — with the same stern resilience that Adams possesses.
He’s been labelled everything from a murderer, to a hypocrite, to a protector of paedophiles and rapists. But for Adams, the republican cause is a sacrosanct ideal. Where everything gets put before it: even his own family. And yet, in spite of all the drama, name calling, death threats, and libellous slurs, he has survived, almost unscathed. Adams believes he has the will of the people of Ireland behind him. Time will certainly tell. And history, ultimately, will have the last say.
Gerry Adams has helped drag Sinn Fein from the political wilderness into today’s mainstream party of the centre left