The arrest and detention of the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams by police investigating the murder of Jean McConville 42 years ago is an event of international significance.
At home, it is a political earthquake, potentially undermining the northern peace process and throwing Sinn Fein, the coming force in southern politics, into disarray.
Whatever his detractors here might say, Adams is one of the major figures of the last 50 years of Irish history, and a...
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