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Ronan Bennett: The demonising of Gerry Adams

5 March 1998
Man of War, Man of Peace? The Unauthorised Biography of Gerry​ Adams 
by David Sharrock and Mark Devenport.
Macmillan, 488 pp., £16.99, November 1997, 0 333 69883 5
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... Shortly after the 1994 IRA ceasefire, the New Statesman ran a cartoon depicting GerryAdams as a reptilian protohuman emerging from a primordial sea to take his first trepid step on the long evolutionary walk from terrorist godfather to constitutional politician. To judge from this ...
25 June 1987
The Provisional IRA 
by Patrick Bishop and Eamonn Mallie.
Heinemann, 374 pp., £12.95, June 1987, 0 434 07410 1
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Ten Men Dead 
by David Beresford.
Grafton, 432 pp., £3.50, May 1987, 0 586 06533 4
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... any number of part-time UDR members in the obscurity of Tyrone or Fermanagh. IRA figures are quick to dismiss reports of pressure on them for a ‘spectacular’ revenge attack after Loughgall. GerryAdams describes the defeat as ‘part of the ups and downs of war. Sometimes the British Army is on top, sometimes the IRA are on top.’ Even so, Loughgall will increase pressure on them to show ...
21 March 1996
... members one of another.’ Sinn Fein, he continued, would now have to decide whether it wanted to be a constitutional party or continue as a front for the IRA. Ignoring renewed protestations from GerryAdams and Martin McGuinness that Sinn Fein is separate from the IRA, that it is a political party with a democratic mandate from its voters, most politicians and observers have, like Major himself ...

I only want to keep my hand in

Owen Bennett-Jones: Gerry Adams

16 November 2017
Gerry AdamsAn Unauthorised Life 
by Malachi O’Doherty.
Faber, 356 pp., £14.99, September 2017, 978 0 571 31595 6
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... close to the leaders of paramilitary groups, have chronicled what happened. One aspect of the conflict all these sources reveal is the extent of the British state’s confusion about how to deal with GerryAdams. Police repeatedly raided Adams’s childhood home. When he was 23 the courts interned him for five years, beginning with a spell on a prison ship. A few months later he was released so that ...


Ronan Bennett: The IRA Ceasefire

22 September 1994
... would endure ‘in all circumstances’. Mayhew said he thought what Martin had had to say was of great interest. Martin? Does this signify something? Meanwhile, in Belfast, reporters were pressing Adams on the ‘permanent’ issue. Adams observed that ‘complete’ was enough for Albert Reynolds, Dick Spring and President Clinton. A Sunday Tribune journalist at the scene described a British ...

Marching Orders

Ronan Bennett: The new future of Northern Ireland

30 July 1998
... t going to be another O’Neill or Faulkner, that he would remain staunch in their interests. The first IRA ceasefire was then entering its second year. Trimble declared that he did not believe that GerryAdams and Sinn Fein were committed to achieving a settlement by exclusively peaceful means, and consistently played on the issue of the decommissioning of IRA arms as an excuse to prevent progress ...


Daniel Finn: IRA Splinter Groups

30 April 2009
... British occupation, he wouldn’t be the man to stand in their way. Republican Sinn Féin is the political wing of the Continuity IRA, a splinter group formed in the 1980s by those who worried that GerryAdams was about to betray the movement. People who get their disillusionment in early can often reap the benefits later, but the CIRA has never managed to capitalise on whatever disillusionment there ...


Stephen Smith: Encounters at Holy Cross

18 November 1993
... inevitable take on the council depot shooting, had emphasised that it was ‘only the start of the heavy price to be paid’ by the Nationalist community after talks between the Sinn Fein president, GerryAdams, and the SDLP leader, John Hume. Milltown was thus the feared or presumed setting for a showpiece atrocity, the funeral a shop-window for Loyalist marksmanship and ordnance-nous. It was a cold ...
2 September 1999
... words, that there could be no negotiations with armed terrorists – and successive British Governments were well aware of this, as were the Unionists. In 1993, however, John Hume’s talks with GerryAdams reached the point where an unconditional cessation of IRA violence became a real possibility and the Major Government was persuaded by Dublin to open the way for such a development by ...

Short Cuts

Adam Shatz: The Blessed Obama

12 February 2009
... and the world seems to think he is. Obama’s victory, Bono said, is the realisation of ‘the Irish dream, the European dream, the African dream, the Israeli dream and also the Palestinian dream’. GerryAdams turned up at the inauguration, as did Doreen Lawrence. Even those who aren’t thrilled by Obama’s agenda want a piece of him. Canadians, according to a recent survey, are ‘lukewarm ...
30 November 1995
... her codes without any difficulty. If she shakes hands with the Queen of England, then everybody knows that she wants greater reconciliation between the two countries. If she shakes hands with GerryAdams then she signals that we will have to learn not to marginalise Sinn Fein, but include them in our lives, all the better to tame them. At the beginning of November she said to NBC that she was aware ...

The dogs in the street know that

Nick Laird: A Week in Mid-Ulster

5 May 2005
... his throat.’ We talk about why Sinn Féin has overtaken the SDLP as the largest nationalist party. ‘You have all these 18 to 25 year olds who are new to the political scene, and they think that Adams and McGuinness are doing a good job. It doesn’t seem to matter what Sinn Féin do, their vote stays. What can the SDLP do now? We don’t need guns, we’re not robbing banks. We don’t have ...


Julian Girdham: Mansergh v. Arnold

21 June 1984
... to in the eyes of Northern Unionists – papal bulls. This is the old game of Irish national politics. You reduce character to caricature by refusing modulations. This is the way Ian Paisley and GerryAdams maintain the murderous status quo in the North. It is symptomatic that Northern Nationalists are forbidden, under the Flags and Emblems Act, to display the Tricolour. The truth is encapsulated ...


Robert Fisk: Salman Rushdie and Other Demons

16 March 1989
... point, he has been demonised. This is a frightening prospect but it is not peculiar to Rushdie. Demons seem to be necessary to us all, whether they are home-grown – Edwina Currie, Ian Paisley and GerryAdams come to mind – or on a more exalted, international scale. Unfortunately for him, Mr Rushdie falls into the latter category although the credentials are the same: you have to be loathed by a ...


Nick Laird: Ulster Revisited

28 July 2011
... of these men and women who killed our families and friends are going to be rewarded for their actions with power and money? There was never a meaningful division between Sinn Fein and the IRA. When GerryAdams was in prison in the mid-1970s, he began formulating a fusion of military and political strategy, and organised a series of lectures for prisoners on political theory, anti-imperialist ...

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