Adams asks for "courageous initiatives"

UTV has the script online. Adams’ question to the IRA – “Can you take courageous initiatives which will achieve your aims by purely political and democratic activity?” – but he says that they are “decisions [which] can only be taken in the aftermath of intense internal consultation”.. A couple of weeks, perhaps? And what initiatives? Decommissioning or disbandment? Policing, according to the Daily Ireland, remains on the back-burner.

  • Richard Delevan

    Dead right, Pete. The question — “Can you take courageous initiatives which will achieve your aims by purely political and democratic activity?”is the speech’s key line. Rhetorically fascinating.

    What if the answer is no?

    Timing is key as well- what can they prove in four weeks?

  • peteb

    What if the answer is no?

    Or, indeed, what if the answer is not yet?

    Having asked the question Adams will now respond to criticism of IRA activity with “What else can I do?”

    But if the answer is [already] no, then we could be seeing the start of the public ‘divorce’ option that Ed Moloney warned of

  • Alan McDonald

    Thge result must be a win-win for Sinn Fein, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the offer.

  • Richard Delevan

    “Thge result must be a win-win for Sinn Fein, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the offer.” – that depends. The followup question to Gerry Adams is — “what if some members of the IRA say no? What becomes of them?”

  • Levitas

    Richard what will become of them will be what became of the dissidents before…they ended up doing long jail terms as they attempted to continue a war without the sanction of the Republican movement.

  • spudnik

    It has to be win-win for SF. If the Ira say no and there’s a public divorce then SF will be seen to distance themselves from violence and ciminality. If the Ira say ‘yeah Kool and the Gang’ then it will be seen as a triumph of politics

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    Adams calls on the “brave volunteers” to “take courageous initiatives” but at the same time insists policing is still on the back burner. Hmm…