Six months ago, Malachi O’Doherty claimed that with his arrest over the murder of Jean McConville, Gerry Adams’ political career was as good as over; “Adams’s southern political ambitions are now dead, whatever happens next”. Just a month later, following European and Local elections that saw Sinn Féin maintain their position in Northern Ireland and surge in the Republic of Ireland, the talk turned, in Colm Keena’s words, to whether Sinn Féin “will hold the position of Dublin Lord Mayor in Easter 2016”. Maíria Cahill’s claims of her rape at the hands of a Provisional IRA member and her subsequent treatment at the hands of the republican movement have in recent weeks returned the spotlight to Sinn Féin. And that is before we even mention the “On-The-Runs” crisis which threatened to collapse the Northern Ireland in the spring. And yet, Sinn Féin seems to have been able to shake off each successive crisis and continues to see its popularity surge according to recent polls. Continue reading “Sinn Féin, Constitutional Politics and the Rule of Law”
David Cameron is shocked. Ed Miliband is shocked. But no one is really shocked. Patrick Finucane (pictured left) has been dead for nearly 24 years and the world moves on cruelly fast. Labour’s demand for a full public inquiry into his killing smacks of making political capital out of a family denied answers (let alone justice) for too long, and which is now skeptical of any answers it does receive. Even Gerry Adams’ statement in support of this cause is terse, running to little over 100 words. The de Silva Report has, a day after its publication, already slipped from the home pages of the websites of national newspapers in the UK and Ireland. Continue reading “A Dark and Violent Time: The Report of the Pat Finucane Review”
HRinI is delighted to welcome back Ross Frennett. This is Ross’s second post for the blog and focuses on the impact of Sinn Féin’s electoral success.
Sinn Féin have won a number of seats in Dáil Éireann unprecedented in modern times. This will have knock on effects in the smoke filled backrooms of Belfast and South Armagh, not just in the halls of power in Dublin.
Sinn Féin is still linked in the minds of many voters to the actions committed by the PIRA during the ‘Troubles’ and Gerry Adams had to repeatedly deal with accusations Continue reading “Guest post: Frenett on Sinn Féin's electoral success”