Eamonn Mallie: With Gerry Adams nothing is what it seems

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Sinn Féin’s outgoing president is a master strategist who took risks for peace

Ascribing the favourable adage “E pluribus unum” – “One out of many” – to Gerry Adams will doubtlessly aggravate some readers.

Yet even as a teenager the outgoing president of Sinn Féin was marked out by his elders for higher things.

Gerry Adams 3c Nick Bradshow photo LLLLThe old Official IRA leader in west Belfast Jim Sullivan once told me, “We always got young Adams to draft the statement to highlight a protest about high-rise flats or whatever.”

Adams very quickly left the Officials behind and in 1969 gravitated towards the Provisional breakaways: the…