IRA to respond to Adams tomorrow…

THE IRA is expected to respond to Gerry Adams’ statement within the next 24 hours or so, according to Barney Rowan on Newsline. The response is expected to be positive, although the cynics will wait until they see the text of this week’s IRA bulletin. I suspect that those expecting an announcement of the ‘end’ of the IRA will be disappointed.

  • JD

    No offence Gonzo, but I hope you’re wrong.

    I suspect you do too.

  • Alan McDonald

    The Rowan piece says the IRA will “acknowledge receipt” of Adams’ request within 24 hours, but that they will take longer to actually present a reply.

    So, announcement of the ‘end’ of the IRA will not happen tomorrow. Even if it does happen soon, everyone will take a wait and see attitude (except Republicans, of course).

  • Davros

    Like the writs, this strikes me as a PR stunt to rally the waverers.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Caribbean Sinn Fein has had a preview of the acknowledgment:

    Dear customer,

    Thank you for your letter/e-mail/press release. Your opinion is important to us. We value your help in providing the best service possible. Your query has been passed to one of our trained operatives who will reply as soon as possible.

  • Kitty

    Ah, Brilliant strategy.Nicely done Sinn Fein.
    When will the Unionists call on their paramilitaries to quit the nonsense?

  • David Vance

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me three times – I must support the GFA.

    As a senior terrorist leader – according to the Irish Justice Minister, only an imbecile or an NI journalist would swallow this guff.

  • Paddy O’Neill

    A chara Vol. Jimmy Sands.

    We have not forgotten you. Greetings and salutations from your friends in Ireland.

    Recognising your magnanimous contribution to the cause of Irish freedom, our comrades around the world congratulate you on the ongoing success of Revolutionary Carribean Sinn Fein. Messers Monaghan, Connolly and McCauley have informed us that your hospitality knows no bounds.

    As a symbol of the leadership’s appreciation, I will be issuing a press release tomorrow along the lines you humbly suggest.

    Given that this is a ‘receipt’ and your forcibly-adopted home in the sun has certain tax advantages, the leadership will also be taking the courageous and unprecendented step of wiring approximately £26.5m to your Carribean account. It should cover the hotel expenses and any other incidentals.

    We trust this significant step towards peace will be met with the generous spirit it is sent in. Or else.

    Slan,
    Paddy O’Neill

  • tom luby

    where have all the provo bloggers gone?

    no slagging please Tom Luby A.U.

  • Fear Bolg

    I see they’re treating the Irish people as fools once again, ie Gerry and Martin looking in the mirror and talking to themselves

  • pundit

    It seems to me that Adams’ statement should be welcomed – but hopeful expectation of change should await developments.

    The opportunity to make this “unilateral initiative” (McGuiness’s words) has existed for a great deal of time. SF are adept politicians who will understand that many will look to the facts and reach their own conclusions.

    This statement, at this time is a calculated political act. The coming election is part of that calculation – but this party doesn’t act on short term agendas. Any unionist frustrated by the RM’s lack of movement must at least acknowledge that SF have a long-term strategy that – until recently – has worked well for them.

    The “until recently” may have something to do with the timing of this statement. It isn’t aimed to meet unionist concerns but targeted at a nationalist electorate who are soon to go to the polls.

    I suspect SF have judged their electorate well. This statement is likely to do what SF need.

    Many may believe that SF’s judgement demonstrates contempt for the integrity of the nationalist electorate. I believe May 5th will demonstrate SF to have been correct – the SDLP will suffer badly and “nationalism” will ‘inherit’ the wrongs perpetrated by the RM. The business of nationalist grievance will not have political currency.

    But – may be I’m wrong and the RM is going to disband within weeks (as expected last December). Or – in its absence – perhaps nationalists will retain pressure on the RM to engage in politics without a army.

    The polls will tell their own story.

    If the statement was based on dealing with the peace process – as SF stated – then it needs to be part of a movement that persuades the ‘opposition’; i.e., unionists.

    11 years after the ’94 ceasefire (later broken) and more than 8 years since the Mitchell Principles, 7 years since the GFA … words have proven to be of little value in DELIVERING peace.

    If Adams statement is addressing the peace process then it is the unionist community he needs to be considering. This community requires action.

    But – perhaps I’m cynical in thinking it just words again. If only words then it is based on an insulting conception of nationalist integrity.
    Nationalist may prove Adams conception to be right.

  • tom luby

    Abuse removed and referred to management A.U.

  • Gonzo

    That’s a shame. Tom Luby could make a useful contribution if he could mind the rule. It’s pretty simple.

    Oh well…

  • Paddy Canuck

    Again Adams, and the leadership of Sinn Fein and the Republican Movement, have demonstrated why Nationalists in growing numbers are supporting Sinn Fein across Ireland.

    They offer Leadership, direction and vision. They will deliver the peace and a new and just Ireland.

    All the naysayers will be proved wrong again. hose who have been asking republicans to ditch adams are fools.

    On towards Unity.

  • Peter

    Adams,SF and the IRA are inseparable. Adams may try this as an election stunt but he is not trusted.

    His party is heading for a drubbing on May 5th. Fermanagh will elect a Unionist MP. West Tyrone will go to Dr Deeny and the SDLP will easily hold their three seats.

    So much for their electoral advance.

    Oh what a happy day that will be when I see the smirk wiped off the face of Gerry Adams.

  • Kitty

    His party is heading for a drubbing on May 5th. Fermanagh will elect a Unionist MP. West Tyrone will go to Dr Deeny and the SDLP will easily hold their three seats.- Peter

    Sinn Fein will retain their West Tyrone seat, Deeny has misjudged the constituency. The final nail on the coffin of the Omagh Hospital was delivered two weeks ago. He has nothing left to run on. Plus, while Unionists may have voted for Deeney as MLA- MP is a totally different matter. Their inborn prejudice would prevent them from sending ‘one of that crowd’ to Westminster.
    Fermanagh/South Tyrone will be a close call- the Unionists need a joint candidate to defeat Gildernew, have they agreed on one that I am not aware of? Sinn Fein will take 2 new seats and their electorate mandate will continue to grow. The people are sick and tired of the anti-Sinn Fein nonsense that has dominated the media- and it will likely backfire and hurt the SDLP where it hurts- at the polls. Not that they needed any help mind you.

  • bob wilson

    ‘Their inborn prejudice would prevent them from sending ‘one of that crowd’ to Westminster.’
    Kitty I’m sure that sentiment is true of some but I know numerous unionists in that area who have and will back Deeney because at the end of the day hospital provision is actually more pressing than the debates between unionism and nationalism.
    Esp as nationalism including RM have accepted that the status of NI ain’t going to change (dont be fooled by the rhetoric)

  • Dessertspoon

    I’m just sick and tired of all of them Kitty. A couple of years ago I would have been very optimistic following a statement like that of GA yesterday but now I can’t. I have no faith in any of the poltical parties and now can only judge them on their actions not their words. If SF and the IRA do what’s required then Unionism must do what is required of them.

  • Sam Maguire

    Kitty, Unionists didn’t vote for Deeny in the assembly elections either. Go and look at Nicholas Whyte’s election site and you’ll see that the SDLP got 48% of his transfers SF got 30% and both unionist parties got 12% total, whilst the others and non transferables made up the rest. In my mind a no.1 for Deeny meant a number 2 for the party you’d usually vote for.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    I choose to credit the average nationalist voter with a little more intelligence than to fall for this blatant stunt. I have to have faith that they will do the right thing and turn their back on the failed politics and duplicity of Sinn Fein, which have left us with no local accountability for the past 3 years.

  • Henry94

    The IRA said today it was giving “due consideration” to Gerry Adams’s appeal to it to fully embrace politics and abandon the armed struggle.
    07/04/2005 – 11:02:32 AM

    IRA considers Adams appeal :: newsflash

    The IRA said today it was giving “due consideration” to Gerry Adams’s appeal to it to fully embrace politics and abandon the armed struggle.

    In a brief statement released to the Press Association under the IRA’s pen name of P O’Neill, the organisation said: “The leadership of the IRA was given notice of the appeal by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.

    “We have noted his comments.

    “The IRA will give his appeal due consideration and will respond in due course.”

  • Kitty

    “Kitty I’m sure that sentiment is true of some but I know numerous unionists in that area who have and will back Deeney because at the end of the day hospital provision is actually more pressing than the debates between unionism and nationalism.”

    the hospital deal was finally signed sealed and delivered two weeks ago- without much fanfare despite a small protest. The area is without a hospital now and that is not going to change and Deeney knows that. He is miscalculating the Nationalist determination in the area. The seat, won in the 2001 election, was the result of years and years of hard work( within the former Mid-Ulster constituency). Do not underestimate the determination the the Nationalist people.
    There are Unionists who work for him and who vote for him. They will not vote in the same way they did for the Stormont elections. This is a whole different ball-game as there is only one seat and both sides will want to preserve their mandate. Deeney is a one issue( and that issue is dead) candidate.