Why Adams initiative is a key moment…

Robert Ballagh explains why he thinks Gerry Adams’ much publicised appeal to the IRA is of major significance: “what Gerry Adams and the leadership of Sinn Féin are attempting to do is to consign to history the oldest continuing political strategy on this island, namely, the physical force tradition. Nothing more, nothing less!”

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