Pádraig MacLochlainn put it most touchingly: “I know the character of Gerry Adams and I absolutely believe him.” It’s that “absolutely” that should alert those of us outside the party that we are in the realms of pure truthiness.  Photograph:  Collins

I owe Sinn Féin an apology. I have been judging the handling of child sexual abuse by the wrong standard. Like many equally mistaken people, I’ve been(...)

Gerry Adams: has weathered significant controversies without any apparent adverse effect

The arch-strategists have floundered this week. The apparently unstoppable Sinn Féin machine appears to have been stalled by the quiet might of Maíria(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 6:55

Sinn Féin has dissociated itself from the endorsement by a senior republican of a blog claiming Maíria Cahill was involved in a consensual relationshi(...)

Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with abuse survivor Mairia Cahill following their meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would meet those named by alleged rape victim Mairia Cahill during angry Dáil exchanges with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam(...)

Not so long ago, in a troubled place they called the Six County Statelet, decent IRA volunteers indiscriminately murdered in a futile attempt to unite(...)

 Maíria Cahill leaving Government Buildings following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 6:55

Maíria Cahill brought a very serious allegation to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning: that child sex abusers were moved by republicans from Northern I(...)

Gerry Adams: getting a chilly response. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What do Gerry Adams and the pope have in common? To their true believers, they are infallible. There was a strange atmosphere in the chamber yesterday(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams:  he also employs the standard defence of the Catholic Church when confronted with its own past – that these “actions were of their time”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was the US strategist Karl Rove who came up with a phrase: “When you are explaining you are losing.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams wrote a very l(...)

Bridgeen Hagans (centre), fiancée of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney, with four of his five sisters, Donna, Claire, Catherine and Gemma, in 2005. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Wronged women have brought the republican movement to its knees in the past. In a very different context from the Maíria Cahill case, the heroic siste(...)