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Adams as Taoiseach

Leftism and nationalism are going out of fashion but they may still carry Gerry Adams to the leadership of all Ireland

By Kevin Toolis   January 2002

The date is Easter Sunday 2016. On the steps of Dublin’s General Post Office a grey-haired, silver-bearded man steps forward to a microphone and intones: “in the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland…”

It is 100 years to the day since the father of Irish republicanism, Padraig Pearse, spoke those words, on that spot, at the start of the 1916 Easter rising.

At the end of the recital a brief flicker of a smile crosses the lips of the newly re-elected Irish Taoiseach. The republican wheel has, after…

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