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Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams is an Irish republican politician and Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Louth.
From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. He is the president of Sinn Féin, the second largest political party in Northern Ireland and the largest nationalist party. From the late 1980s onwards, Adams was an important figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, initially following contact by the then Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader John Hume and subsequently with the Irish and British governments and then other parties. In 2005, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) indicated that its armed campaign was over and that it is now exclusively committed to democratic politics. Under Adams, Sinn Féin changed its traditional policy of abstentionism towards Oireachtas Éireann, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland, in 1986 and later took seats in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly. However, Sinn Féin retains a policy of abstentionism towards the Westminster Parliament, but since 2002, receives allowances for staff and takes up offices in the House of Commons. In 2011 the Chancellor appointed Mr Adams to the British title of Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead to allow him to resign from the House of Commons and to stand for election in the Dáil. Initially it was claimed by David Cameron that Mr Adams had accepted the title but Downing Street has since apologized for this and Mr Adams has publicly rejected the title stating, 'I have had no truck whatsoever with these antiquated and quite bizarre aspects of the British parliamentary system'. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Gerry Adams raises Donegal planning decision in Phil Hogan Dail debate
2014-07-08
Gerry Adams Sinn Féin has questioned whether Phil Hogan is suitable to serve as Ireland's next EU Commissioner. The environment minister is considered the favourite to be appointed for the EU job as part of the cabinet reshuffle. But Sinn Féin claims ...
(Highland Radio)
  1. Gerry doesn't think Phil's fit to send to Europe.. A “3 or 4 hour session ...
  2. Adams questions suitability of Hogan for European role
  3. SF not in favour Hogan appointment as EU Commissioner

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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams treated radio listeners to his own rendition of ...
2014-07-05
Despite two Gerry supporters asking the Newstalk reporter Zara King not to request a tune, she asked the party leader for a line or two, which he initially declined. "Sinn Fein is such a disciplined party that I've been ordered, before I came in, not ...
(Irish Independent)

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    Listen: Gerry Adams singing Garth Brooks is the best thing we've heard this ...
    2014-07-05
    Ah, Gerry Adams. Upstanding politician, peacemaker and... country music fan? Apparently so. Gerry was in front of a few journalists earlier today and decided to give them a few bars of 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and we've gotta say, the man's got a set ...
    (Entertainment.ie)
    1. If Garth Brooks Never Comes .. Don't worry folks Gerry Adams will answer ...
    2. Reporter convinces reluctant Gerry Adams to sing some Garth Brooks

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    Gerry Adams: IRA not to blame for Gerry Conlon's injustice
    2014-06-24
    The IRA should not be blamed for keeping the Guildford Four, Birmingham Six and other innocent people behind, despite knowing they were not guilty of IRA bombings, Gerry Adams has said. Also in this Section. Taxing vehicles at Northern Ireland DVA ...
    (Belfast Telegraph)
    1. Adams rejects claim on wrongful arrests
    2. Death of Gerry Conlon a loss 'for those who fight injustice' - President
    3. Gerry Conlon, wrongfully imprisoned for IRA attack, dies at 60

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    Adams compromise call 'a bit rich'
    2014-06-22
    Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams' call for unionists to compromise is "a bit rich", DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said. Mr Adams had said he felt the DUP did not "have the appetite" to deal with flags, parades and the past. Mr Wilson said "few are less ...
    (BBC News)
    1. Gerry Adams: “this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone ...
    2. Adams: 'widespread concern about the situation in the DUP'

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    Guildford Four's Gerry Conlon dies aged 60
    2014-06-21
    Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, expressed his shock and deep sadness at the news. "Gerry and his father Giuseppe were two of the most infamous examples of miscarriages of justice by the British political and judicial system," Mr Adams said.
    (Telegraph.co.uk)
    1. Gerry Conlon, wrongly jailed for IRA bombing, dies at 60

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    Gerry Adams: I won't comment on the Niall Collins letter but I wouldn't have ...
    2014-06-19
    SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has said that the letter Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins wrote to a judge in Limerick asking him not to jail a convicted drug dealer is not something he would have done. He was responding to the controversy that has arisen ...
    (thejournal.ie)
    1. Collins defends leniency letter to courts
    2. Clamour for Niall Collins's political head has been disproportionate

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    Gerry Adams: Watchdog finds 'no evidence' police knew of shooting
    2014-06-19
    The Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland has found no evidence of police involvement in a loyalist gun attack on Gerry Adams 30 years ago. Gunmen opened fire on a car containing Mr Adams and four men on 14 March 1984. Mr Adams complained to the ...
    (BBC News)
    1. No evidence of RUC involvement in murder attempt on Gerry Adams, Police ...
    2. RUC 'not involved in 1984 Gerry Adams attack'
    3. 'No evidence' RUC knew of loyalist gun attack on Gerry Adams

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    Letters: Unlikely unionists will ever trust Gerry Adams
    2014-06-18
    However, natural unionist distrust of Gerry Adams – and of Sinn Fein – will look to those irrational years when the only rationale was hatred of them and many must wonder why they should ever trust anything Gerry Adams says this side of a fulsome ...
    (Belfast Telegraph)
    1. Angry exchanges

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