Periscopeby Niall O'Dowd
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When it comes to politics, regardless of possessing a famous name, you can’t fake it when it comes to the red meat: mixing with, chatting to and addressing people, solving their problems.
That was the way with many of the offspring of the Kennedy family, who were ill fitted for political offices despite the incredible family history.
Incredible, but the presidential race could come down to the debating skills of two Irish Americanpoliticians who were viewed as bit players just a few weeks ago.
Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were supposed to be the afters, while the main course was Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Long ago and far away there seems little doubt that Gerry Adams was a senior figure in the IRAin West Belfast.
How could he not be? His neighborhood was under siege from the British Army and every able-bodied man back in the days when the Troubles were at their height was involved.
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