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I only want to keep my hand in

Owen Bennett-Jones: Gerry Adams

16 November 2017
Gerry Adams: An Unauthorised Life 
by Malachi​ O’Doherty.
Faber, 356 pp., £14.99, September 2017, 978 0 571 31595 6
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... have also recorded that he never fired a shot in anger: his interest in politics and strategy meant that from a young age he was directing the struggle rather than participating in it. An anecdote in Malachi O’Doherty’s book has it that, within the IRA, Adams was teased for his lack of fighting experience. ‘A man was giving a lecture on the workings of an AK47 and people were surprised to see Gerry ...

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