Niall Stanage argues that the logical outworking of Sinn Fein’s long term strategy is the disbandment of the IRA. In his view, Adams’ statement is an extension of Morrison’s Armalite and Ballot Box speech of April 1981 during the Bobby Sands campaign in Fermanagh South Tyrone:
“Who here really believes we can win the war through the ballot box? But will anyone here object if, with a ballot paper in one hand and the Armalite in the other, we take power in Ireland”
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