Noel Russell talks to Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, and writes about the state of the IRA

  • The Provisional IRA by Patrick Bishop and Eamonn Mallie
    Heinemann, 374 pp, £12.95, June 1987, ISBN 0 434 07410 1
  • Ten Men Dead by David Beresford
    Grafton, 432 pp, £3.50, May 1987, ISBN 0 586 06533 4

In a dingy waiting-room in Sinn Fein’s Falls Road headquarters in Belfast there is a mural of the Maze Prison – Long Kesh, as Republicans call it. Above it are painted the faces of IRA martyrs, and these verses:

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