Thursday December 5, 2019

Leaders’ Irish debate in doubt as Adams withdraws

Adams did not feel sufficiently proficient to debate in the language

14th February, 2016
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and party spokesman Pearse Doherty Picture: Rollingnews

This week’s Irish language election debate between the leaders of the four main parties is unlikely to go ahead after the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams pulled out.

Adams, who likes to pepper his speeches with bits of Irish, pulled out because he did not feel sufficiently proficient to debate in the language.

He nominated finance spokesman Pearse Doherty in his stead, but this was not accepted by the other parties.

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Lab academic says Ireland is missing out in terms of education, knowledge-sharing and ‘the mysteries of the universe’

Emmet Ryan | 4 days ago

The Kardashians, the family for whom the phrase ‘famous for being famous’ was made, were the forerunners of today’s influencer culture and, by monetising their very selves, have created a new kind of uber-celebrity

Marion McKeone | 4 days ago

Becoming a father at 16 gave Andy Farrell a crash course in the ways of the world. Almost three decades later, the former rugby league legend has taken over from Joe Schmidt as head coach of Ireland

Garry Doyle | 1 week ago