Gerry Adams to address British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams becomes the first Sinn Fein leader to address the Assembly in Swansea on Tuesday morning. He is expected to make a rational case for Irish unity and seek to accommodate unionist fears and hopes. Watch this space. What do you think Gerry should say?

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    “I’m sorry for murdering so many of youse”

    [turns, stage right, to figure off]

    [sotto voce] “is that okay, Jonathan?”

    [Exits stage left, followed by Thames House handler]

  • John O’Connell

    You tell them, Gerry. They’re all so bound to be listening.

    Only the SDLP can honestly try to persuade, rather than belatedly beg, for Irish unity.

    Gerry’s just being a bit deluded (yet again).

  • Drumlins Rock

    “He is expected to make a rational case for Irish unity and seek to accommodate unionist fears and hopes.”
    He is the last person who should be doing either, if SF are anyway serious in reaching out to unionists (and going by Martian Andersons feeble effort they arent) the case should be made by someone with alot less baggage from the past.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    When he is making his address in Britian’s oldest colony hopefully he will open with a few words in the native tongue.

  • barnshee

    4.When he is making his address in Britian’s oldest colony hopefully he will open with a few words in the native tongue.

    ENGLANDS oldest colony— mind you Henrys were tudors -welsh -so maybe wales`s oldest colony is england

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    okay okay

  • “Say”?

    While in Wales, perhaps he and his party ought to listen…. or even stay to do an Wlpan course!

    There are many lessons to be learned in Cymru.

    Nothing he can say at British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly can change anything.

    In reality, the most we can change are ourselves.

  • slug

    Coming clean on his role in the IRA would be a good start. How can one trust a liar?

  • Fabianus

    A “rational case” for Irish unity? There isn’t one. Unity would damage both the RoI and NI beyond repair.

    Face it, kids, Ulster would take a nosedive in every way were it to be assimilated with the unlucky republic south of the border.

  • Dave

    Well, he could tell unionists that the NSMC gives the United Kingdom joint sovereignty over key economic and political institutions of the Irish state, and that this reclamation of sovereignty over Ireland by the United Kingdom is fully supported by the Shinners. Unfortunately, while that may please the unionists, it would scare the s*it out of the Irish who haven’t the faintest idea that they have given large chunks of their sovereignty away to the United Kingdom in addittion to that which they have given away to the EU.

  • Joe

    [i]Well, he could tell unionists that the NSMC gives [s]the United Kingdom[/s] [b]NI[/b] [s]joint sovereignty[/s] [b]a say[/b] over key economic and political institutions of the Irish state, and that this [s]reclamation[/s] [b]pooling[/b] of sovereignty [s]over[/s] [b]with[/b] Ireland by [s]the United Kingdom[/s] [b]NI[/b] is fully supported by the Shinners.[/i]

    fixed

  • Sever

    Adolf Hitler is expected to make a rational case for Czech-German unity and seek to accommodate Sudetan Czech fears and hopes. Watch this space.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathy Collins

    Gerry should say…”Ireland for the Irish”

  • Werecat

    and Britain for the British (Welsh). Send them all back to Saxony and Jutland.

    Also anyone who calls themselves a Celt should fuck off out of the British Isles to where they came from. Pre-Indo-Europeans only. Only some pseudo made up fake language based on Basque should be allowed.

  • Thereyouarenow

    Gerry should say that when Policing and Justice is devolved that he will call it a day as Sinn Féin leader.

    He should say that he is too closely associated with the recent violent conflict to be a persuader for Irish Unity and in the interests of this he will spend less time in active politics.

    He should also say that the future direction of Sinn Féin should be decided in the debates of a contested leadership election for his sucessor.

  • Thereyouarenow

    And Gerry should also congratulate the Welsh on how they have promoted and preserved the Welsh language. He should graciously ask for help and support from the Welsh with doing the same for the Irish language in Ireland.

  • igor

    Goodbye

  • igor

    “hopefully he will open with a few words in the native tongue.”

    What… English?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    igor,

    Welsh

  • fin

    Possibly a good opportunity for him to explain what is meant by the term ‘unionists’ in this context.

    Slugger posters, the backwoodsmen and other hardliners think he is referring to them,

    I think its time to openly speak over their heads to the ‘ordinary’ unionist and reach the more open-minded segment of that community and have a conversation with them.

    For a united Ireland to happen approx 20% of ‘unionists’ need to vote for it, why on earth would anyone want to try to convince the 20% who are hardline when there is a much more appealing 20% at the other end of the scale.

    Will that 20% want a new flag, capital city, or constitution, dunno, they’re probably more concern if things will improve, and if they’re lives will become better.

    It is good to see that the national question is rarely out of the spotlight these days, the conversation is happening, I wonder when the hardcore unionist element on slugger will actually knuckledown and have the debate, or is it permanent head in the sand stuff.

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  • fin

    He could also say what a big fan he is of Ugg boots

  • Drumlins Rock

    fin if you read the debates on a UI on here the case is usually lost.

  • fin

    Drumlins Rock, been on Slugger for quite a few years and that is news to me, Mack started one a few months ago, and I managed to entrap New Blue in one, it generally falls apart with the unionist mantra of ‘economic and social reasons’ been repeated on a loop but no attampt to explain.

    Can you direct me to a debate that reached a conclusion (off any kind)

    It would be worthwhile fishing out those past debates you mention and mailing them to unionist politicans, than instead of deafening siliance when this topic arises in the real world they can use the winning points from the debates on Slugger

  • Reader

    fin: …use the winning points from the debates on Slugger
    There aren’t any winning points for either side. It’s primarily an identity thing, with a slight built in advantage for the status quo and a few chances to shoot oneself in the foot.