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Gerry Adams never wastes a crisis

Northern Ireland has reached a political impasse, but now one man is calling the shots

By Ruth Dudley Edwards  

Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein ©Artur Widak/SIPA USA/PA Images

“We can’t be arsed with another election,” was a headline on the satirical website Ulster Fry after the talks on restoring the Northern Ireland executive broke down. “Now sort it out you ballbags, everyone tells MLAs [members of the legislative assembly].”

Or, as Secretary of State James Brokenshire put it rather more sedately, there is “no appetite for another election.”

That is probably an accurate reflection of how most people feel in Northern Ireland, even if they don’t agree…

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