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Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”

Wed 23 April 2014, 11:13pm

Tweet A couple of points to note about the BBC report of the interview with former Provisional IRA member Peter Rogers.  From the BBC report An ex-IRA man has made new allegations about Gerry Adams, in which he raises questions about the Sinn Féin leader’s claim to have never been in the IRA. Peter Rogers has alleged […] more »

“Unlike Gerry Adams & Mary Lou McDonald…”

Sun 30 March 2014, 8:56pm

Tweet In a follow-up to a previous post on his Broken Elbow blog, as noted here, Ed Moloney has “an answer to Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and other critics of the Boston archive“. Aside from myself and Anthony McIntyre there is only one other person who has read all of the interviews lodged in the Belfast […] more »

Quote of the Day…

Fri 28 March 2014, 1:46pm

Tweet Anthony McIntyre speaking (from 16mins in) on Michael Read’s LMFM show this morning: The day that academics and journalists and historians discover Gerry Adams was not in the IRA, is the same day that scientists will discover that Newton’s theory of gravity was wrong: that the apple when it comes off the tree it […] more »

Boston College tapes unlikely to lead Adams to gaol but suggest any truth process is pointless

Tue 25 March 2014, 10:45pm

Tweet The arrest and charging of Ivor Bell has been covered already on Slugger and below Mick has mentioned the fact that Gerry Adams has made himself available to questioning by the PSNI. Although the McConville family remain hopeful many have suggested that it is inconceivable that Adams will be prosecuted. Adams has repeatedly denied […] more »

“when a major political leader tells such an obvious falsehood about a defining part of his life…”

Tue 25 March 2014, 9:42pm

Tweet Also for the record, Ed Moloney has responded to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’ attack on the Boston College oral history project.  From Ed Moloney’s blog I don’t intend to spill a lot of ink responding to Gerry Adams’ recent statement taking yet another swipe at the motives of those who were interviewed and […] more »

Gerry Adams makes himself available to the PSNI for questioning…

Mon 24 March 2014, 10:49pm

Tweet For the record, Gerry Adams released this somewhat uninhibited statement tonight: “I can understand the McConville family’s anger and hurt given what they have been through and given what some anti-peace process former republican activists have been alleging. However, let me repeat. What happened to Jean McConville was a terrible injustice. I was not […] more »

Reliance on the Boston tapes would be a long term mistake

Sat 22 March 2014, 6:56pm

Tweet I have no particular sympathy for this frail 77 year old grandfather. There may indeed be short term gains in bringing the case to court. The reliability of the Boston tapes as evidence will be tested. Will corroboration in any form be produced? If the tapes are regarded as sufficient in this case what […] more »

Bell’s arrest may put new pressure on Adams and produce new cracks in omerta

Sat 22 March 2014, 10:24am

Tweet The arrest  of Ivor  Bell in connection with the murder and disappearance of Jean McConville  is  I’m sure already releasing a  flood of speculation about new pressure on Gerry Adams and is perhaps the  most dramatic sign yet of a final  breach  between Sinn Fein and old comrades who are opposed to their current […] more »

Gerry Adams letter to Gerry McGeough contradicts his recent comments on OTR`s

Sat 1 March 2014, 9:03pm

Tweet Gerry Adams recent press release on the Sinn Fein website states: In recent days there has been deliberate misrepresentation about the OTR issue and the provision of letters by the British government. “Unionist leaders have intentionally engaged in hyperbole and feigned anger over an issue that has been on the political and public agenda […] more »

Cartoon – Hanging by a thread

Mon 10 February 2014, 8:20pm
Gerry Adams caricature, Brian John Spencer

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Gerry Adams on the ‘current situation in Northern Ireland’

Wed 5 February 2014, 6:29pm
Gerry Adams

Tweet Here’s the full text of Gerry Adams speech in the Dail this afternoon in a debate entitled Statements on the current situation in Northern Ireland. Mr Adams segues from a long justification of his party’s murky past to an imagined future. However, there’s barely a reference to the actual ‘current situation in Northern Ireland’. […] more »

“Is there anyone in SF telling Gerry Adams what he needs to hear?”

Mon 9 December 2013, 2:09pm

Tweet If you read no one else on the fall for Sinn Fein over it’s reaction to the Smithwick Tribunal, then try Eilis O’Hanlon. Eilis ‘gets’ the north since she comes from the heart of Republican west Belfast. But (unusually for any Irish commentator) she also ‘gets’ the south: Adams commits no crime when he […] more »

Smithwick: “the evidence keeps pointing back to the desire of the IRA to acquire information as to how the British Security Services had gotten advance warning of the IRA ambush on Loughgall Police Station…”

Thu 5 December 2013, 6:34pm

Tweet As the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal report [RTÉ-hosted 22mb pdf] continue to be digested, it’s worth recalling the reported concerns of “members of the PIRA” in May last year. The Smithwick Tribunal is becoming a “significant issue” among republicans who are concerned it is uncovering information on past murders, the tribunal has been told. According […] more »

UPDATED Recrimination of the day: Adams blames policemen for their own death.

Wed 4 December 2013, 8:43pm

Tweet Gerry Adams’ ‘let me put this as sensitively I can’ mannered bombshell on NewsTalk (that’s Newsweek to Gerry, BTW – Ed] this morning, ie that the two deaths were the victims own faults. It did achieve one thing for the cause of a united Ireland. It persuaded Talkback to run a live or near live feed […] more »

After Liam Adams’ sentencing the Attorney General is still to decide on Gerry…

Fri 29 November 2013, 7:56am

Tweet With the Attorney General still to decide on a previous decision by the DPP not to prosecute Gerry Adams for withholding information in light of his testimony earlier this year, Katie Varvos asks: Does [Gerry Adams] deserve a sentence, or was he really doing his best in a dark situation? more »

Gerry Adams: It’s not that the public cannot tolerate a lie, noble or otherwise…

Fri 8 November 2013, 6:45pm

Tweet There’s an important detail I don’t want to end the week without marking for future reference. It’s Mike Nesbitt’s grilling of the Sinn Fein Chair Declan Kearney on The View last night over the ongoing issue of Gerry Adams: The critical point comes at 7.22 when Nesbitt is asked whether a public appeal will […] more »

Cartoon – The Disappeared

Thu 7 November 2013, 10:32pm
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“The fact of the matter is that somebody ordered that Jean McConville be murdered…”

Thu 7 November 2013, 12:17am

Tweet The BBC reported that, following the broadcast of the recent BBC/RTÉ programme on The Disappeared, the Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness said The fact that some families still do not know where their murdered relatives were secretly buried by the IRA is a “wound that must not be left to […] more »

Liam Adams his brother and the real damage to his party

Wed 30 October 2013, 8:13am

Tweet A roughly scrawled graffito has appeared in Beechmount Avenue in the Falls area of Belfast, which reads: ”Gerry tell the truth?” It’s a rare public challenge to the hegemony of Sinn Fein’s power base. The party hold five out of the six Assembly seats in West Belfast. It sits around the corner from one of […] more »

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