The Right Coast

March 14, 2005
Kennedy Snubs Adams
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Credit where it is due to Senator Edward Kennedy:
Leading Irish-American politician Ted Kennedy says he will not meet Gerry Adams during the Sinn Fein leader's St Patrick's Day trip to the US.
A spokeswoman for Senator Kennedy said he had cancelled a meeting because of the IRA's "ongoing criminal activity".
For the BBC to open the story by describing Kennedy as "[l]eading Irish-American politician Ted Kennedy" does have an odd, through-the-wrong-end-of-a-British-telescope flavour to it, of course.

Kennedy's newfound discomfort with Gerry Adams is surely evidence of how much damage the IRA murder of Robert McCartney has done to the IRA and to Sinn Fein, the IRA's political front organisation: firstly in Northern Ireland and in the Republic, and now more generally in the US.