Sunday February 23, 2020

The political party that came in from the cold

Politics; Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Féin; By Deaglán de Bréadún; Merrion Press, €17.95

1st November, 2015
Mary-Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness: fundamentalist yet pragmatic PA

Deaglán de Bréadún uses a typically wry analogy to describe the twin pillars of modern-day Sinn Féin. “In a Hollywood script about the Provos, Gerry Adams would be Butch Cassidy with Martin McGuinness in the part of the Sundance Kid,” he writes.

“The relationship between the characters played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford was epitomised in the Kid’s remark at one stage: ‘You just...

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