That Provo Birdie

The Irish News has more on the helicopter escape from Stormont by Gerry Adams yesterday. Will this go down in song, the day Adams broke out of the St Andrews II talks by escaping in a helicopter to Cork? How very daring. Instead of meeting with Gordon Brown and Peter Robinson and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin at Downing Street, he was at the English Market in Cork campaigning against the Lisbon Treaty (Taoiseach Brian Cowen campaigned for a Yes vote there on Tuesday). Security at Stormont were all afluster as the helicopter was unexpected. Adams even one-upped Clinton, whose Presidential helicopter landed at the much less exciting City Airport when he visited Belfast in 2000. Billionaire Sean Quinn, mentioned in yesterday’s comments, denies being the owner of the helicopter, whom Michelle Gildernew yesterday described as a “friend of the party in Fermanagh”, but refused to name. Read the full story in today’s Irish News: Stormont estate security alert caused by Gerry’s helicopter

PICTURE: Colm Lenaghan/pacemaker (Irish News)