HOME
The Info List - Gerry Adams


--- Advertisement ---



Gerard Adams (Irish: Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh;[1] born 6 October 1948) is an Irish republican politician who was the Leader of the Sinn Féin political party between 13 November 1983 and 10 February 2018, and has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth since the 2011 general election.[2][3] From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Member of Parliament (MP) of the British Parliament for the Belfast West constituency. Under Adams, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
has become the third-largest party in the Republic of Ireland, the second-largest political party in Northern Ireland and the largest Irish nationalist
Irish nationalist
party in that region.[4][5][6] In 1984, Adams was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt by several gunmen from the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), including John Gregg.[7] From the late 1980s onwards, Adams was an important figure in the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
peace process, initially following contact by the then-Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader John Hume
John Hume
and then subsequently with the Irish and British governments.[8] Under Adams, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
changed its traditional policy of abstentionism towards the Oireachtas, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland, in 1986 and later took seats in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly. In 2005, the Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
(IRA) stated that its armed campaign was over and that it was exclusively committed to democratic politics.[9] In 2014, he was held for four days by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for questioning in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972.[10][11] He was freed without charge and a file was sent to the Public Prosecution Service,[12] which later stated there was insufficient evidence to charge him,[13] as had been expected since shortly after his release.[14][15][16] Adams announced in November 2017 that he would step down as leader of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
in 2018, and that he would not stand for re-election to his seat in the Dáil in the next election.[17] He was succeeded as Leader of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
by Mary Lou McDonald at a special Ardfheis (party conference) on 10 February 2018.[18]

Contents

1 Family background and early life 2 Early political career

2.1 IRA allegations

3 Rise in Sinn Féin 4 Leader of Sinn Féin

4.1 Voice ban

5 Movement into mainstream politics

5.1 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
in government 5.2 Political career in Republic

6 Election to Dáil Éireann 7 End of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leadership 8 Controversies

8.1 Brother 8.2 2014 arrest 8.3 "Ballymurphy Nigger" tweet

9 Media portrayals 10 Published works 11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

Family background and early life Adams was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His parents, Anne (Hannaway) and Gerry Adams, Sr., came from republican backgrounds.[19] His grandfather, also named Gerry Adams, was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) during the Irish War of Independence. Two of Adams's uncles, Dominic and Patrick Adams, had been interned by the governments in Belfast
Belfast
and Dublin.[20][citation needed] J. Bowyer Bell states in his book, The Secret Army,[21] that Dominic Adams was a senior figure in the IRA of the mid-1940s. Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Sr. joined the IRA at age sixteen. In 1942, he participated in an IRA ambush on a Royal Ulster Constabulary
Royal Ulster Constabulary
(RUC) patrol but was himself shot, arrested and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. Adams's maternal great-grandfather, Michael Hannaway, was also a member of the IRB during its dynamiting campaign in England in the 1860s and 1870s. Michael's son, Billy, was election agent for Éamon de Valera at the Irish general election, 1918
Irish general election, 1918
in West Belfast. Adams attended St Finian's Primary School on the Falls Road, where he was taught by La Salle brothers. Having passed the eleven-plus exam in 1960, he attended St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School. He left St Mary's with six O-levels
O-levels
and became a barman. He was increasingly involved in the Irish republican movement, joining Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and Fianna Éireann
Fianna Éireann
in 1964, after being radicalised by the Divis
Divis
Street riots during that year's general election campaign.[22] In 1971, Adams married Collette McArdle,[23] with whom he has one son, Gearoid (born 1973)[24] who has played Gaelic football
Gaelic football
for Antrim GAA senior men's team and was its assistant manager in 2012.[25] Early political career

Adams wearing an Easter Lily

In the late 1960s, a civil rights campaign developed in Northern Ireland. Adams was an active supporter and joined the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in 1967.[22] However, the civil rights movement was met with violence from loyalist counter-demonstrations and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. In August 1969, Northern Ireland cities like Belfast
Belfast
and Derry
Derry
erupted in major rioting. British troops were called in at the request of the Government of Northern Ireland (see 1969 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
riots). Adams was active in rioting at this time and later became involved in the republican movement. In August 1971, internment was reintroduced to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
under the Special
Special
Powers Act 1922. Adams was interned in March 1972, on HMS Maidstone, but on the Provisional IRA's insistence was released in June to take part in secret, but abortive talks in London.[22] The IRA negotiated a short-lived truce with the British government and an IRA delegation met with British Home Secretary William Whitelaw
William Whitelaw
at Cheyne Walk
Cheyne Walk
in Chelsea. The delegation included Adams, Martin McGuinness, Sean Mac Stiofain (IRA Chief of Staff), Daithi O'Conaill, Seamus Twomey, Ivor Bell and Dublin solicitor Myles Shevlin.[26] Adams was re-arrested in July 1973 and interned at the Long Kesh internment camp. After taking part in an IRA-organised escape attempt, he was sentenced to a period of imprisonment. During this time, he wrote articles in the paper An Phoblacht under the by-line "Brownie", where he criticised the strategy and policy of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
president Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
and IRA Belfast
Belfast
OC Billy McKee. He was also highly critical of a decision taken by McKee to assassinate members of the rival Official IRA, who had been on ceasefire since 1972.[27] After his release in 1976, Adams was again arrested in 1978 for alleged IRA membership; the charges were subsequently dismissed.[28] During the 1981 hunger strike, which saw the emergence of his party as a political force, Adams played an important policy-making role. In 1983, he was elected president of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and became the first Sinn Féin MP elected to the British House of Commons since Phil Clarke and Tom Mitchell in the mid-1950s.[22] Following his election as MP for Belfast
Belfast
West, the British government lifted a ban on his travelling to Great Britain. In line with Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
policy, he refused to take his seat in the House of Commons.[29] Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
retains a policy of abstentionism towards the Westminster Parliament, but since 2002, has received allowances for staff and takes up offices in the House of Commons.[30] On 14 March 1984 in central Belfast, Adams was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt when several Ulster Defence Association
Ulster Defence Association
(UDA) gunmen fired about 20 shots into the car in which he was travelling. He was hit in the neck, shoulder and arm. He was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove three bullets. John Gregg and his team were apprehended almost immediately by a British Army
British Army
patrol that opened fire on them before ramming their car.[31] The attack had been known in advance by security forces due to a tip-off from informants within Rathcoole; Adams and his co-passengers had survived in part because Royal Ulster Constabulary officers, acting on the informants' information, had replaced much of the ammunition in the UDA's Rathcoole weapons dump with low-velocity bullets.[32][33] An Ulster Defence Regiment
Ulster Defence Regiment
NCO subsequently received the Queen's Gallantry Medal for chasing and arresting an assailant.[34] IRA allegations Adams has stated repeatedly that he has never been a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
(IRA).[35] However, authors such as Ed Moloney, Peter Taylor, Mark Urban
Mark Urban
and historian Richard English have all named Adams as part of the IRA leadership since the 1970s.[36][37][38][39] Adams has denied Moloney's claims, calling them "libellous".[40] At a dinner for his Fine Gael
Fine Gael
party on 29 September 2012, Taoiseach
Taoiseach
Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
accused Adams of having not only been a member of the IRA, but a member of the IRA Army Council, calling for Adams to "be absolutely truthful about this" in response to Adams' calls for a truth and reconciliation commission in Northern Ireland.[41] Former IRA member (and Irish Government
Irish Government
intelligence agent) Sean O'Callaghan claimed he was at an IRA Revolutionary Council meeting in 1983 which was also attended by Adams. O'Callaghan gave his account in testimony to the High Court in Dublin.[42] Former IRA members Anthony McIntyre and Richard O'Rawe have claimed Adams was a key figure in the IRA. Adams said: "I'm very, very clear about my denial of IRA membership but I don't disassociate myself from the IRA."[43] Former IRA member Peter Rogers has alleged that Adams and Martin McGuinness ordered Rogers to transport explosives to Great Britain in 1980, allegations Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
said were untrue. (Rogers was jailed for the 1980 killing of Detective Garda Seamus Quaid in the Republic of Ireland, and was later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.)[44] Father Gerry Reynolds, who facilitated secret meetings between SDLP leader John Hume
John Hume
and Adams, has said that asking Adams about his IRA membership is a "stupid question" as the IRA was a secret society and the "raison d'etre of the secret society is that it is secret".[45] Adams described Father Reynolds as a "champion of the peace process" upon his death.[46] In 2003, using parliamentary privilege, Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
MP Iris Robinson claimed that Adams was involved in the IRA's 1978 La Mon restaurant bombing. Adams denied the allegation and said the remarks were made to deflect attention away from developments in the Stevens Inquiry into collusion.[47] Former Belfast
Belfast
IRA commander Brendan Hughes
Brendan Hughes
has named Adams as ordering the murder and secret burial of Jean McConville in 1972.[48] McConville was one of the 16 "Disappeared", who were abducted and killed during the Troubles.[49] Former republican prisoner Evelyn Gilroy, who was active in Divis
Divis
where McConville was abducted, says that Adams was the only person in a position to order the murder.[50] Among the abductors of McConville was Dolours Price, who has claimed that she did so on the orders of Adams.[51] Hughes and Price also claimed that Adams was involved in approving IRA bomb attacks in London in the early 1970s.[51][52] Former Garda Detective Superintendent PJ Browne has claimed that Adams was "the leader of the psychotic IRA unit in Belfast
Belfast
in the early 1970s".[53] Rise in Sinn Féin In 1978, Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
became joint vice-president of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and a key figure in directing a challenge to the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leadership of President Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
and joint vice-president Dáithí Ó Conaill. The 1975 IRA-British truce is often viewed as the event that began the challenge to the original Provisional Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leadership, which was dominated by southerners like Ó Brádaigh and Ó Conaill. One of the reasons that the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
and Provisional Sinn Féin were founded, in December 1969 and January 1970, respectively, was that people like Ó Brádaigh, O'Connell and McKee opposed participation in constitutional politics. The other reason was the failure of the Cathal Goulding leadership to provide for the defence of Irish nationalist
Irish nationalist
areas during the 1969 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
riots. When, at the December 1969 IRA convention and the January 1970 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, the delegates voted to participate in the Dublin (Leinster House), Belfast
Belfast
(Stormont) and London (Westminster) parliaments, the organisations split. Adams, who had joined the republican movement in the early 1960s, sided with the Provisionals. In Long Kesh in the mid-1970s, writing under the pseudonym "Brownie" in Republican News, Adams called for increased political activity among republicans, especially at local level.[54] The call resonated with younger Northern people, many of whom had been active in the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
but few of whom had been active in Sinn Féin. In 1977, Adams and Danny Morrison drafted the address of Jimmy Drumm at the annual Wolfe Tone
Wolfe Tone
commemoration at Bodenstown. The address was viewed as watershed in that Drumm acknowledged that the war would be a long one and that success depended on political activity that would complement the IRA's armed campaign. For some,[who?] this wedding of politics and armed struggle culminated in Danny Morrison's statement at the 1981 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Fheis in which he asked "Who here really believes we can win the war through the ballot box? But will anyone here object if, with a ballot paper in one hand and the Armalite in the other, we take power in Ireland?" For others, however, the call to link political activity with armed struggle had already been defined in Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
policy and in the presidential addresses of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, but this had not resonated with young Northerners.[55]

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
at a Fermanagh
Fermanagh
commemoration

Even after the election of Bobby Sands
Bobby Sands
as MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone, a part of the mass mobilisation associated with the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike by republican prisoners in the H blocks of the Maze Prison (known as Long Kesh by republicans), Adams was cautious that the level of political involvement by Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
could lead to electoral embarrassment. Charles Haughey, the Taoiseach
Taoiseach
of the Republic of Ireland, called an election for June 1981. At an Ard Chomhairle meeting, Adams recommended that they contest only four constituencies which were in border counties. Instead, H-Block/Armagh candidates contested nine constituencies and elected two TDs. This, along with the election of Sands, was a precursor to an electoral breakthrough in elections in 1982 to the 1982 Northern Ireland Assembly.[56] Adams, Danny Morrison, Martin McGuinness, Jim McAllister, and Owen Carron
Owen Carron
were elected as abstentionists. The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) had announced before the election that it would not take any seats and so its 14 elected representatives also abstained from participating in the Assembly and it was a failure. The 1982 election was followed by the 1983 Westminster election, in which Sinn Féin's vote increased and Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
was elected, as an abstentionist, as MP for Belfast
Belfast
West. It was in 1983 that Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
resigned as President of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and was succeeded by Gerry Adams. Leader of Sinn Féin Many republicans had long claimed that the only legitimate Irish state was the Irish Republic
Irish Republic
declared in the Proclamation of the Republic of 1916. In their view, the legitimate government was the IRA Army Council, which had been vested with the authority of that Republic in 1938 (prior to the Second World War) by the last remaining anti-Treaty deputies of the Second Dáil. In his 2005 speech to the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Fheis in Dublin, Adams explicitly rejected this view. "But we refuse to criminalise those who break the law in pursuit of legitimate political objectives. ... Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
is accused of recognising the Army Council of the IRA as the legitimate government of this island. That is not the case. [We] do not believe that the Army Council is the government of Ireland. Such a government will only exist when all the people of this island elect it. Does Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
accept the institutions of this state as the legitimate institutions of this state? Of course we do."[57] As a result of this non-recognition, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
had abstained from taking any of the seats they won in the British or Irish parliaments. At its 1986 Ard Fheis, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
delegates passed a resolution to amend the rules and constitution that would allow its members to sit in the Dublin parliament (Leinster House). At this, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh led a small walkout, just as he and Sean Mac Stiofain had done sixteen years earlier with the creation of Provisional Sinn Féin.[58][59][60][61] This minority, which rejected dropping the policy of abstentionism, now distinguishes itself from Provisional Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
by using the name Republican Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(or Sinn Féin Poblachtach), and maintains that they are the true Sinn Féin. Adams' leadership of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
was supported by a Northern-based cadre that included people like Danny Morrison and Martin McGuinness. Over time, Adams and others pointed to republican electoral successes in the early and mid-1980s, when hunger strikers Bobby Sands
Bobby Sands
and Kieran Doherty
Kieran Doherty
were elected to the British House of Commons and Dáil Éireann respectively, and they advocated that Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
become increasingly political and base its influence on electoral politics rather than paramilitarism. The electoral effects of this strategy were shown later by the election of Adams and McGuinness to the House of Commons. Voice ban Adams's prominence as an Irish republican leader was increased by the 1988–94 British broadcasting voice restrictions,[62] which were imposed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
to "starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend".[63] Thatcher was moved to act after BBC
BBC
interviews of Martin McGuinness and Adams had been the focus of a row over an edition of After Dark, a proposed Channel 4
Channel 4
discussion programme which in the event was never made.[64] While the ban covered 11 Irish political parties and paramilitary organisations, in practice it mostly affected Sinn Féin, the most prominent of these bodies.[65] A similar ban, known as Section 31, had been law in the Republic of Ireland since the 1970s. However, media outlets soon found ways around the bans. In the UK, this was initially by the use of subtitles, but later and more often by an actor reading words accompanied by video footage of the banned person speaking. Actors who voiced Adams included Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
and Paul Loughran.[66][67] This loophole could not be used in the Republic, as word-for-word broadcasts were not allowed.[68] Instead, the banned speaker's words were summarised by the newsreader, over video of them speaking. These bans were lampooned in cartoons and satirical TV shows, such as Spitting Image, and in The Day Today, and were criticised by freedom of speech organisations and media personalities, including BBC Director General John Birt and BBC
BBC
foreign editor John Simpson. The Republic's ban was allowed to lapse in January 1994, and the British ban was lifted by Prime Minister John Major
John Major
in September.[69][70] Movement into mainstream politics Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
continued its policy of refusing to sit in the Westminster Parliament after Adams won the Belfast
Belfast
West constituency. He lost his seat to Joe Hendron of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
(SDLP) in the 1992 general election,[71] regaining it at the following 1997 election. Under Adams, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
moved away from being a political voice of the Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
to becoming a professionally organised political party in both Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
and the Republic of Ireland. SDLP leader John Hume, MP, identified the possibility that a negotiated settlement might be possible and began secret talks with Adams in 1988. These discussions led to unofficial contacts with the British Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Office under the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Brooke, and with the government of the Republic under Charles Haughey – although both governments maintained in public that they would not negotiate with terrorists.[citation needed] These talks provided the groundwork for what was later to be the Belfast
Belfast
Agreement, preceded by the milestone Downing Street Declaration and the Joint Framework Document.[72] These negotiations led to the IRA ceasefire in August 1994. Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who had replaced Haughey and who had played a key role in the Hume/Adams dialogue through his Special
Special
Advisor Martin Mansergh, regarded the ceasefire as permanent. However, the slow pace of developments contributed in part to the (wider) political difficulties of the British government of John Major. His consequent reliance on Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
votes in the House of Commons led to him agreeing with the UUP demand to exclude Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
from talks until the IRA had decommissioned. Sinn Féin's exclusion led the IRA to end its ceasefire and resume its campaign.[73] After the United Kingdom general election, 1997, the new Labour government had a majority in the House of Commons and was not reliant on unionist votes. The subsequent dropping of the insistence led to another IRA ceasefire, as part of the negotiations strategy, which saw teams from the British and Irish governments, the UUP, the SDLP, Sinn Féin and representatives of loyalist paramilitary organisations, under the chairmanship of former United States Senator George Mitchell, produce the Belfast
Belfast
Agreement (also called the Good Friday Agreement as it was signed on Good Friday, 1998).[19] Under the Agreement, structures were created reflecting the Irish and British identities of the people of Ireland, creating a British-Irish Council and a Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Legislative Assembly.[74] Articles 2 and 3 of the Republic's constitution, which claimed sovereignty over all of Ireland, were reworded, and a power-sharing Executive Committee was provided for. As part of their deal, Sinn Féin agreed to abandon its abstentionist policy regarding a "six-county parliament", as a result taking seats in the new Stormont-based Assembly and running the education and health and social services ministries in the power-sharing government. Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
in government On 15 August 1998, four months after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the Real IRA
Real IRA
exploded a car bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone, killing 31 people and injuring 220, from many communities. Breaking with tradition, Adams said in reaction to the bombing "I am totally horrified by this action. I condemn it without any equivocation whatsoever."[75] Prior to this, Adams had maintained a policy of refusing to condemn IRA or their splinter groups' actions.[citation needed] Opponents in Republican Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
accused Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
of "selling out" by agreeing to participate in what it called "partitionist assemblies" in the Republic and Northern Ireland.[76] However, Adams insisted that the Belfast
Belfast
Agreement provided a mechanism to deliver a united Ireland by non-violent and constitutional means. When Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
came to nominate its two ministers to the Northern Ireland Executive, for tactical reasons the party, like the SDLP and the DUP, chose not to include its leader among its ministers. When later the SDLP chose a new leader, it selected one of its ministers, Mark Durkan, who then opted to remain in the Committee. Adams was re-elected to the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly on 8 March 2007,[77] and on 26 March 2007, he met with DUP leader Ian Paisley face-to-face for the first time. These talks led to the St Andrews Agreement, which brought about the return of the power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland.[78] In January 2009, Adams attended the United States presidential inauguration of Barack Obama as a guest of US Congressman Richard Neal.[79] Political career in Republic

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
with Euclid Tsakalotos
Euclid Tsakalotos
at the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
ardfheis in March 2015

On 6 May 2010, Adams was re-elected as MP for West Belfast, garnering 71.1% of the vote.[80] In 2011, the Chancellor of the Exchequer appointed 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 to Dáil Éireann.[81] Initially it was claimed by David Cameron
David Cameron
that Adams had accepted the title but Downing Street has since apologised for this and 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".[82][83] Officially, Adams held the title between January and April 2011.[84] Adams remains the President of Sinn Féin. In 2011 he succeeded Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
parliamentary leader in Dáil Éireann.[85] On 19 May 2015, while on an official royal trip to Ireland, Prince Charles shook Adams' hand in what was described as a highly symbolic gesture of reconciliation. The meeting, described as "historic", took place in Galway.[86] Election to Dáil Éireann In 2010, Adams announced that he would be seeking election as a TD (member of Irish Parliament) for the constituency of Louth at the 2011 Irish general election.[87] He subsequently resigned his West Belfast Assembly seat on 7 December 2010.[88] Following the announcement of the Irish general election, 2011, Adams wrote to the House of Commons to resign his seat.[89][90] This was treated as an application for the position of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, an office of profit under the Crown, the traditional method of leaving Westminster as plain resignation is not possible, and granted as such even though Adams had not explicitly made the request.[91][92][93][94][95][96][97][98] He was elected to the Dáil, topping the Louth constituency poll with 15,072 (21.7%) first preference votes.[99] In September 2017, Adams said he will allow his name to go forward for a one-year term as president of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
at the November ardfheis, at which point Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
would begin a "planned process of generational change, including [Adams'] own future intentions". This has resulted in speculation in the Irish and British media that Adams is preparing to stand down as party leader, and that he may run for President of Ireland
President of Ireland
in the next election.[100][101][102] At the ardfheis on 18 November, Adams was re-elected for another year as party president, but announced that he would step down at some point in 2018, and would not seek re-election as TD for Louth.[17] End of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leadership Adams leadership of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
ended on 10 February 2018, with his stepping down, and the election of Mary Lou McDonald as the party's new president.[103] Controversies Brother In October 2013 Liam Adams, Gerry Adams' brother, was found guilty of ten offences, including rape and gross indecency committed against his daughter, Áine Tyrell.[104][105] When the allegations of abuse were first made public in a 2009 UTV programme, Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
subsequently alleged that his deceased father, Gerry Adams, Sr., had subjected family members to emotional, physical and sexual abuse.[106][107] On 27 November 2013, Liam Adams was jailed for 16 years for raping and abusing his daughter.[108] Following the conviction of Liam Adams, the Attorney General of Northern Ireland, John Larkin, has been asked to review a 2011 decision not to prosecute Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
over an allegation that he withheld information in connection with the case. The request for the review has been made by Northern Ireland's Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory.[109] A statement from the DPP read: "The Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory QC, recognises that there has been considerable public interest surrounding the decision not to prosecute Mr. Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
in October 2011 in relation to an allegation that he withheld information in connection with the Liam Adams case. While the director has confidence in the evidential decision taken by the PPS prior to his appointment, he has asked the Attorney General to independently review the matter. The Attorney General will be given full access to all materials that he considers necessary to complete this review." In a statement issued in response, Adams said: "With hindsight there are things I could have done differently, but I'm not on trial here. My brother was on trial. Áine has been vindicated. There is a lot of healing that needs to be done."[110] 2014 arrest On 30 April 2014, Adams was arrested by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(PSNI) Serious Crime Branch, under the Terrorism Act 2000, in connection with the murder of Jean McConville in 1972.[111] He had previously voluntarily arranged to be interviewed by police regarding the matter,[112] and maintained he had no involvement.[49] Fellow Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
politician Alex Maskey
Alex Maskey
claimed that the timing of the arrest, "three weeks into an election", was evidence of a "political agenda [...] a negative agenda" by the PSNI.[113] Jean McConville’s family had campaigned for the arrest of Adams over the murder.[114] Jean McConville's son Michael said that his family did not think the arrest of Adams would ever happen, but were "quite glad" that the arrest took place. Adams was released without charge after four days in custody and it was decided to send a file to the Public Prosecution Service, which would decide if criminal charges should be brought.[115][116][117] At a press conference after his release, Adams also criticised the timing of his arrest, while reiterating Sinn Féin's support for the PSNI and saying: "The IRA is gone. It is finished".[118] Adams has denied that he had any involvement in the murder or was ever a member of the IRA,[12][49][119] and has said the allegations against him came from "enemies of the peace process".[12] On 29 September 2015 the Public Prosecution Service announced Adams would not face charges, due to insufficient evidence,[120] as had been expected ever since a BBC report dated 6 May 2014 (2 days after the BBC
BBC
reported his release),[14] which was widely repeated elsewhere.[15][16] "Ballymurphy Nigger" tweet On 1 May 2016, Adams sparked controversy by tweeting "Watching Django Unchained-A Ballymurphy Nigger!"[121] The tweet was not well received and was deleted, with Adams apologising for the use of "nigger" the next day at Sinn Féin’s Connolly House headquarter in Belfast. Adams's use of the slur in the tweet was widely reported in Irish,[122] British[123] and American[124][125] media. Adams stood over the tweet stating: "I stand over the context and main point of my tweet, which were the parallels between people in struggle. Like African Americans, Irish nationalists were denied basic rights. I have long been inspired by Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
and Malcolm X, who stood up for themselves and for justice."[126] On 4 May 2016 Adams reiterated his apology for the use of "nigger", but he appeared to double down on the use by saying: "The whole thing was to make a political point, if I had left that word out would the tweet have gotten any attention?"[127] He also stated: "I was paralleling the experiences of the Irish, not just in recent times but through the penal days when the Irish were sold as slaves, through the Cromwellian period", and that 50,000 Irish were shipped as slaves to Barbados between 1652 and 1659. The historical accuracy of these comments has been questioned by historians and met with a backlash in the media.[128][129][130] Media portrayals Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
has been portrayed in a number of films, TV programmes, and books:

1999 – The Marching Season; a spy fiction novel by Daniel Silva 2004 – film Omagh
Omagh
with actor Jonathan Ryan. The film is a dramatisation of the 1998 Omagh bombing
Omagh bombing
and its aftermath. 2010 – TV film Mo with actor John Lynch; the story of Mo Mowlam
Mo Mowlam
and the Good Friday
Good Friday
Agreement 2012 – The Cold Cold Ground, a crime novel by Adrian McKinty. Adams is interviewed by the book's main character after an associate is found murdered. 2016 – film The Journey with actor Ian Beattie[131] 2017 – film The Foreigner; with actor Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
playing a former IRA leader who resembles Adams[132]

Published works

Falls Memories, 1982 The Politics of Irish Freedom, 1986 A Pathway to Peace, 1988 An Irish Voice: The Quest for Peace Cage Eleven, 1990, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-114-9 The Street and Other Stories, 1993, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-293-1 Free Ireland: Towards a Lasting Peace, 1995 Before the Dawn: An Autobiography, 1996, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-434-00341-9 Selected Writings Who Fears to Speak...?, 2001 (Original Edition 1991), Beyond the Pale Publications, ISBN 978-1-900960-13-7 An Irish Journal, 2001, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-282-5 Hope and History: Making Peace in Ireland, 2003, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-330-3 A Farther Shore, 2005, Random House The New Ireland: A Vision For The Future, 2005, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-344-0 An Irish Eye, 2007, Brandon Books, ISBN 978-0-86322-370-9 My Little Book Of Tweets, 2016, Mercier Press, ISBN 978-1-78117-449-4

See also

List of Irish Republican Army chiefs of staff Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
v. Liam Adams Resignation from the British House of Commons

References

^ "Cairt Chearta do Chách". Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-30. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
press release, 26 January 2004. ^ "Mr. Gerry Adams". Oireachtas
Oireachtas
Members Database. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ "Gerry Adams". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ " Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
elections". BBC
BBC
News.  ^ "Sinn Fein tops poll in Euro count". Archived from the original on 1 December 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2011.  ^ Devenport, Mark (8 June 2009). "Who hit and who missed Euro target?". BBC
BBC
News. Retrieved 16 June 2010.  ^ "1984: Sinn Fein leader shot in street attack". BBC: On This Day. Retrieved 3 May 2014.  ^ "Irish Genealogy, Customs & Roots". IrishCentral.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.  ^ "Full text: IRA statement". The Guardian. London. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2007.  ^ Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
held over Jean McConville murder, BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2014. ^ Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
remains in custody over McConville murder, BBC
BBC
News, 1 May 2014. ^ a b c quotes:"A file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service, police said as he was released. ... The Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader said police had conducted 33 taped interviews and detectives had presented him with old photographs of himself and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and with interviews conducted by people who were "enemies of the peace process". ...At Sunday's press conference, he again said he was innocent of any involvement in her murder." ^ " Jean McConville murder: Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
will not face Disappeared charges". BBC
BBC
News, 29 September 2015. ^ a b " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
denies McConville son 'backlash threat'". BBC. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. BBC
BBC
News understands there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr Adams with any offence.  ^ a b Anthony Bond, Sam Adams (6 May 2014). ""Insufficient evidence" to 'pursue prosecution of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 11 May 2014. No charges would be brought against Mr Adams unless significant new evidence comes to light, according to reports ... There is "insufficient evidence" to pursue a prosecution against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
in relation to the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, according to reports. The BBC
BBC
said it understood that no charges would be brought against Mr Adams unless significant new evidence comes to light.  ^ a b TOM KELLY and CHRIS GREENWOOD (6 May 2014). "Adams 'will not face any charges':". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 May 2014. Gerry Adams will not be prosecuted over the murder of Jean McConville or membership of the IRA because of a lack of evidence, it was suggested last night.Prosecutors already believe there is insufficient material to convict him of either offence, the BBC
BBC
claimed.  (article published 5 May 2014 and updated 6 May 2014) ^ a b Doyle, Kevin (18 November 2017). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
to step down as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader in 2018". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2017.  ^ " Mary Lou McDonald confirmed as new leader of Sinn Féin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-20.  ^ a b " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Irish leader". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ "Profile: Gerry Adams". BBC
BBC
News. 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2018-01-19.  ^ J. Bowyer Bell, The Secret Army: The IRA 1916 (Irish Academy Press) ^ a b c d Lalor, Brian (ed) (2003). The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin, Ireland: Gill & Macmillan. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-7171-3000-9. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ The Independent, 10 April 2006 ^ , Ed Moloney (2003). A Secret History of the IRA. Penguin. p. 129.  ^ Adams declares Antrim interest HoganStand, 5 September 2012. ^ The long war: the IRA and Sinn Féin, Brendan O'Brien, p169. Books.google.co.uk. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8156-0597-3. Retrieved 16 June 2010.  ^ Moloney, pp. 166–168. ^ Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly Information Office (3 June 2010). "Biography — Gerry Adams". Niassembly.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.  ^ Library, CNN. " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Fast Facts". CNN. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ "Microsoft Word — snpc-01667.doc" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2010.  ^ Henry McDonald & Jim Cusack, UDA – Inside the Heart of Loyalist Terror, Penguin Ireland, 2004, p. 129 ^ McDonald & Cusack, UDA, pp. 129–130 ^ Kevin Maguire (14 December 2006). "Adams wants 1984 shooting probe". BBC. Retrieved 22 March 2007.  ^ Potter p268 ^ Rosie Cowan (1 October 2002). "Adams denies IRA links as book calls him a genius". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 March 2007.  ^ Moloney, Ed (2002). A Secret History of the IRA. Penguin Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-14-101041-0.  ^ Taylor, Peter (1997). Provos The IRA & Sinn Féin. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7475-3818-9.  ^ English, Richard (2003). Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA. Pan Books. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-330-49388-8.  ^ Urban, Mark (1993). Big Boys' Rules: SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA. Faber and Faber. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-571-16809-5.  ^ Adams denies IRA book allegations. BBC
BBC
News. 12 September 2002 ^ Adams was on IRA army council, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach
The Irish Independent, 30 September 2012 ^ Informer identifies IRA's top personnel. Irish Independent. 10 May 2007 ^ More pressure for Adams as documentary puts issue of IRA membership back in spotlight. thejournal.ie. 24 November 2013 ^ Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
accused of giving IRA orders by ex-IRA man Peter Rogers. BBC
BBC
News. 23 April 2014 ^ "It's God's will for us to live in peace". The Irish Catholic. 23 January 2014 ^ "Peacemaker priest Fr Gerry Reynolds from Belfast's Clonard Monastery dies". BBC. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.  ^ Adams 'was involved in bombing'. BBC
BBC
News. 13 February 2003 ^ Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
ordered Jean McConville killing, says ex-IRA commander on tape. The Guardian. 3 November 2013 ^ a b c " Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
held over Jean McConville murder". London: BBC
BBC
News. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.  ^ 'Arrest Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
now' – former republican prisoner breaks her silence on IRA murder of Jean McConville. The Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph. 24 April 2014 ^ a b Graham, Bob (23 September 2012). "IRA bomber says Gerry Adams sanctioned mainland bombing campaign". The Daily Telegraph. London.  ^ Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
arrested in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
over IRA’s killing of widow Jean McConville. The National Post. 30 April 2014 ^ PJ Browne: Remember the innocent victims of the IRA. The Herald. 16 February 2011 ^ "Sinn Féin: where does the money come from?". Irish Independent. 19 June 2004. Archived from the original on 4 September 2015.  ^ Robert White, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary, pp. 258–59. ^ Nicholas Whyte. " Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly Elections 1982". Ark.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2011.  ^ Adams, Gerry, Speech to 2005 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Ard Fheis. CAIN Web Service. ^ Taylor, p. 291. ^ Anderson, Brendan (2002). Joe Cahill: A Life in the IRA. O'Brien Press. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-86278-836-0.  ^ O'Brien, Brendan (1999). The Long War: The IRA and Sinn Féin. O'Brien Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-86278-606-9.  ^ Bishop, Patrick & Mallie, Eamonn (1987). The Provisional IRA. Corgi Books. p. 448. ISBN 978-0-552-13337-1. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) ^ The 'broadcast ban' on Sinn Fein, BBC
BBC
News, 5 April 2005 ^ Edgerton, Gary Quelling the "Oxygen of Publicity": British Broadcasting and "The Troubles" During the Thatcher Years, The Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp. 115–32 ^ Dubbing SF voices becomes the stuff of history Archived 17 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine., By Michael Foley The Irish Times, 17 September 1994 ^ FRANKEL, GLENN (1990-11-18). "Britain's Media Ban on Terrorist Groups Remains Controversial : Censorship: Voices of revered statesmen are silenced in history program broadcast to schoolchildren in Northern Ireland". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ "Paul Loughran". Ulsteractors.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015.  ^ Foy, Ken; Murphy, Cormac (24 January 2014). "Dolours Price, former IRA terrorist and ex-wife of actor Stephen Rea, dies of suspected overdose". Irish Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2015.  ^ " BBC
BBC
News – Twenty years on: The lifting of the ban on broadcasting Sinn Féin". BBC
BBC
News.  ^ "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1994". Conflict Archive on the Internet. University of Ulster. Retrieved 5 May 2014.  ^ "Britain Ends Broadcast Ban on Irish Extremists : Negotiations: Prime Minister Major also backs referendum on Northern Ireland's fate. Both moves indicate desire to move ahead on peace plan". Los Angeles Times. 17 September 1994. Retrieved 5 May 2014.  ^ Cook, Bernard A. (2014-01-27). Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. ISBN 9781135179328.  ^ Albert, Cornelia (2009). The Peacebuilding Elements of the Belfast Agreement and the Transformation of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Conflict. Peter Lang. ISBN 9783631585917.  ^ "When peace almost died of exhaustion".  ^ " Good Friday Agreement
Good Friday Agreement
British-Irish history". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ "Sinn Fein condemnation 'unequivocal' BBC
BBC
News". Retrieved 13 March 2011 ^ " Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
- Dictionary definition of Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Wins In Northern Ireland. Associated Press, 8 March 2007. ^ "May date for return to devolution". BBC. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007.  ^ 19/Jan/2009 Barack Obama inauguration: Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
to attend ceremony The Daily Telegraph ^ "Election 2010". BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
forced to accept British title in order to resign MP seat Irish News". IrishCentral. Retrieved 7 August 2013.  ^ "Downing Street apology for Gerry Adams". BBC
BBC
News. 26 January 2011.  ^ John Bercow says Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
is not an MP. BBC
BBC
News – Northern Ireland, 26 January 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. ^ "McGuinness to inherit Adams' old British title under SF reorganisation". The Journal. 11 June 2012.  ^ "Gerry Adams". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ " Prince Charles
Prince Charles
and Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
share historic handshake". The Guardian. Henry McDonald. 19 May 2015 retrieved 20 May 2015 ^ "Adams to contest Co Louth seat for SF in next election". The Irish Times. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2010.  ^ Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly Information Office. "NI Assembly membership, note 17". Niassembly.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2011.  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
quits Westminster seat". The Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2011.  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
resigns as West Belfast
Belfast
MP". BBC. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.  ^ "Adams 'must follow parliamentary rules to resign as MP'". BBC. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ Hennessy, Mark (28 January 2011). "SF leader has not refused crown post". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 January 2011.  ^ Ashton, Emily (26 January 2011). "Cameron confirms Gerry Adams resignation". The Independent. London. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  ^ "Manor of Northstead". HM Treasury. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  ^ "Adams comments on Cameron claims". Sinn Féin. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  ^ "Adams in rebuke to Cameron for 'bizarre' Baron appointment". BreakingNews.ie. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.  ^ "House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 – section 8". legislation.gov.uk.  ^ "Downing Street apology for Gerry Adams". BBC. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.  ^ "Louth — RTÉ News". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 28 February 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ "Sinn Fein's Adams to outline succession plan in November". Reuters.com. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.  ^ McDonald, Henry (5 September 2017). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
signals intention to stand down as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017.  ^ Downing, John (5 September 2017). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
will seek re-election as Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader and then set out plans to step down". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2017.  ^ McDonald succeeds Adams as President of Sinn Féin. RTÉ. Published 11 February 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018. ^ "Liam Adams convicted of raping and abusing daughter". BBC
BBC
News. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.  ^ McDonald, Henry (1 October 2013). "Liam Adams found guilty of raping his eldest daughter". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2013.  ^ "Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
reveals family abuse history". The BBC. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.  ^ Adams reveals family history of abuse. RTÉ News and Current Affairs. Sunday, 20 December 2009. Audio interview also available from that page. ^ Liam Adams jailed for raping and abusing daughter, BBC
BBC
News, 27 November 2013 ^ "Review sought over Adams role in brother's abuse case". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.  ^ "Review of Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
role in brother's abuse case ordered". The Irish Times. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.  ^ O'Connell, Hugh (2 May 2014). "The PSNI have been granted an extra 48 hours to question Gerry Adams". thejournal.ie. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  ^ McDonald, Henry (30 April 2014). " Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
president Gerry Adams held over 1972 Jean McConville killing". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 30 April 2014.  ^ Beaton, Connor (30 April 2014). "SF MLA: Adams arrest 'negative PSNI agenda'". The Targe. Retrieved 30 April 2014.  ^ Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
arrested over murder of widowed mother abducted in 1972 ^ Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
held over Jean McConville murder. BBC News. 30 April 2014. ^ Shadow of Jean McConville murder still hangs over Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
and Sinn Fein Irish Independent, 5 May 2014. ^ "Adams released without charge". BBC. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.  ^ " BBC
BBC
News – Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
freed in Jean McConville murder inquiry". BBC
BBC
News.  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
denies McConville son 'backlash threat'". BBC. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014. The Sinn Fein president was questioned for four days in connection with the murder of Jean McConville and membership of the IRA.He has strongly denied all those allegations. ... He again said he was innocent of any involvement in Mrs McConville's murder.  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
will not face charges over Jean McConville murder". The Guardian. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.  ^ "Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
apologises for racial slur". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 16 May 2016.  ^ "Adams admits N-word tweet 'was inappropriate'". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 16 May 2016.  ^ "Adams Apologises For Using 'N-Word' In Tweet". Sky News. Retrieved 16 May 2016.  ^ "Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein president, tweets N-word". The Washington Times. Retrieved 16 May 2016.  ^ Bailey, Issac. "Facing the consequences of using the N-word". CNN. Retrieved 16 May 2016.  ^ McDonald, Henry (2 May 2016). " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
defends N-word tweet". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2016.  ^ Brennan, Cianan. ""The Irish were sold as slaves" - Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
has spoken once again about THAT tweet".  ^ " Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
not allowing facts derail good 'Irish slaves' yarn".  ^ "Adams hit with furious backlash after racial slur - Independent.ie".  ^ " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
reignites N-word row with civil rights blog comparison - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk".  ^ "It's all eyes on the 73rd Venice Film Festival". Breaking News. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2017-11-06.  ^ " Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
channels Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
in new IRA thriller The Foreigner". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 

Further reading

de Bréadún, Deaglán. " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
– the face of Irish republicanism – hands over at Sinn Féin," WikiTribune, Jan. 22, 2018. Keena, Colm. Biography of Gerry Adams. Cork: Mercier Press, 1990. Potter, John. A Testimony to Courage – the Regimental History of the Ulster Defence Regiment
Ulster Defence Regiment
1969 – 1992. Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2001. Randolph, Jody Allen. "Gerry Adams, August 2009." Close to the Next Moment: Interviews from a Changing Ireland. Manchester: Carcanet, 2010. The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace?, Chris Ryder 1991.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gerry Adams.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Gerry Adams

Léargas blog by Gerry Adams Column archive at The Guardian Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
profile

Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record Articles authored at Journalisted Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
on IMDb Works by or about Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
in libraries ( WorldCat
WorldCat
catalog) " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
collected news and commentary". The Guardian.  " Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
collected news and commentary". The New York Times.  Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Man Of War and Man Of Peace? Anthony McIntyre, The Blanket, 28 April 2004 Interview with Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
February 2006 Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Profile at New Statesman

Party political offices

Preceded by Joe Cahill Dáithí Ó Conaill Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin 1978–1983 Served alongside: Joe Cahill, Dáithí Ó Conaill Succeeded by Phil Flynn

Preceded by Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Leader of Sinn Féin 1983–2018 Succeeded by Mary Lou McDonald

New office Leader of Sinn Féin
Leader of Sinn Féin
in Northern Ireland 1998–2007 Succeeded by Martin McGuinness

Preceded by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Leader of Sinn Féin
Leader of Sinn Féin
in the Dáil Éireann 2011–2018 Succeeded by Mary Lou McDonald

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly (1982)

New assembly Member of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly for West Belfast 1982–1986 Assembly abolished

Parliament of the United Kingdom

Preceded by Gerry Fitt Member of Parliament for Belfast
Belfast
West 1983–1992 Succeeded by Joe Hendron

Preceded by Joe Hendron Member of Parliament for Belfast
Belfast
West 1997–2011 Succeeded by Paul Maskey

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Forum

New forum Member of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Forum for West Belfast 1996–1998 Forum dissolved

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly

New assembly Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast
Belfast
West 1998–2010 Succeeded by Pat Sheehan

Oireachtas

Preceded by Dermot Ahern Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Teachta Dála for Louth 2011–present Incumbent

v t e

Current members of Dáil Éireann

As elected to the 32nd Dáil in 2016 Ceann Comhairle: Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Fine Gael
Fine Gael
(50)

Bailey Barrett Breen Brophy Bruton Burke C. Byrne Cannon Carey Corcoran Kennedy Coveney Creed J. Daly D'Arcy Deasy Deering R. Doherty Donohoe Doyle Durkan English Farrell Fitzgerald Fitzpatrick Flanagan Griffin Harris Heydon Humphreys Kehoe E. Kenny Kyne Madigan McEntee McHugh McLoughlin Mitchell O'Connor D. Murphy Eoghan Murphy H. Naughton Neville Noonan O'Connell O'Donovan O'Dowd Phelan Ring Rock Stanton Varadkar§

Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
(44)

Aylward Brassil Breathnach Browne Butler T. Byrne Cahill Calleary Casey Cassells L. Chambers J. Chambers N. Collins Cowen Curran Donnelly Dooley Fleming Gallagher Haughey Kelleher Lahart Lawless M. Martin§ McConalogue Michael McGrath McGuinness A. Moynihan M. Moynihan Murphy O'Mahony Eugene Murphy D. O'Brien O'Callaghan Ó Cuív O'Dea O'Keeffe O'Loughlin O'Rourke Rabbitte Scanlon Brendan Smith Smyth Troy

Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(23)

Adams Brady Buckley Crowe Cullinane P. Doherty Ellis M. Ferris Funchion M. Kenny McDonald§ Mitchell Munster Nolan J. O'Brien Ó Broin Ó Caoláin Ó Laoghaire O'Reilly Ó Snodaigh Quinlivan Stanley Tóibín

Labour Party (7)

Burton Howlin§ Kelly J. O'Sullivan Penrose B. Ryan Sherlock

Solidarity–PBP (6)

Barry Boyd Barrett Coppinger G. Kenny P. Murphy Bríd Smith

Independents 4 Change
Independents 4 Change
(3)

J. Collins C. Daly Wallace

Green Party (2)

C. Martin E. Ryan§

Social Democrats (2)

C. Murphy§ Shortall§

Independent (20)

Broughan Canney† M. Collins Connolly Fitzmaurice Grealish Halligan† Harty Healy D. Healy-Rae M. Healy-Rae Lowry F. McGrath† Mattie McGrath Moran† D. Naughten M. O'Sullivan Pringle Ross† Zappone

§Party leaders Italics = Ministers †Ind. Alliance

v t e

United Kingdom general election, 2010

Boundary changes Constituencies Debates MPs elected MPs who stood down Newspaper endorsements Opinion polling Parties Results breakdown Results by constituency MPs by seniority Post-election events

Incumbent Prime Minister: Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
(Labour) Appointed Prime Minister: David Cameron
David Cameron
(Conservative)

Parties elected to the House of Commons

Conservative (David Cameron) Labour (Gordon Brown) Liberal Democrats (Nick Clegg) Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
(Peter Robinson) Scottish National Party
Scottish National Party
(Alex Salmond) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(Gerry Adams) Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru
(Ieuan Wyn Jones) Social Democratic and Labour Party
Social Democratic and Labour Party
(Margaret Ritchie) Green Party of England and Wales
Green Party of England and Wales
(Caroline Lucas) Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(David Ford) Independent (Sylvia Hermon)

Parties represented in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London, or the EU

British National Party
British National Party
(Nick Griffin) Green Party in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(Mark Bailey / Karly Greene) Progressive Unionist Party (Dawn Purvis) Scottish Green Party
Scottish Green Party
( Eleanor Scott / Patrick Harvie) Ulster Unionist Party
Ulster Unionist Party
(Sir Reg Empey) United Kingdom Independence Party (Lord Pearson)

Results by area

Northern Ireland Scotland Wales England

United Kingdom local elections, 2010

v t e

Sinn Féin

History

History of Sinn Féin

Abstentionism

Armalite and ballot box strategy Clann na hÉireann Cumann na nGaedheal (1900) Comhairle na dTeachtaí Éire Nua Election results Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Gaelic American German Plot Provisional IRA Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Manifesto 1918 Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
MPs Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(newspaper) Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Printing & Publishing Company Republican News Republican Sinn Féin United Irishman Willie O'Dea affidavit incident Workers' Party of Ireland 32 County Sovereignty Movement

Leadership

Presidents

Edward Martyn (1905–08) John Sweetman (1908–11) Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1911–17) Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
(1917–26) John J. O'Kelly (Sceilg) (1926–31) Brian O'Higgins
Brian O'Higgins
(1931–33) Michael O'Flanagan (1933–35) Cathal Ó Murchadha (1935–37) Margaret Buckley (1937–50) Paddy McLogan (1950–52) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1952–54) Paddy McLogan (1954–62) Tomás Mac Giolla
Tomás Mac Giolla
(1962–70) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(1970–83) Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1983–2018) Mary Lou McDonald (2018–present)

Vice presidents

John Sweetman (1905–07) Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1905–08; 1917–22) Bulmer Hobson
Bulmer Hobson
(1907–10) Jennie Wyse Power (1911–) Thomas Kelly (1911–) Fr. Michael O'Flanagan (1917–23) P. J. Ruttledge (1923–26) Mary MacSwiney John Madden John J. O'Kelly (1931-33) Margaret Buckley (1933–35; 1952–60) Liam Raul (1933-37) Tom Maguire
Tom Maguire
(1935-37) Seamus Mitchell Padraig de Paor Criostóir O'Neill Michael Traynor (1950–54; 1962) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1950–52; 1954–62) Tony Magan (1960–62) Rory O'Driscoll (1962–63) Larry Grogan (1962–69; 1970–71) Seán Caughey (1963–65) Joe Clarke (1966–72) Cathal Goulding (1969–70) Dáithí Ó Conaill
Dáithí Ó Conaill
(1971–78; 1978–83) Máire Drumm
Máire Drumm
(1972–76) Joe Cahill (1976–78) Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1978–83) Phil Flynn (1983–85) John Joe McGirl (1985–88) Pat Doherty (1988–2009) Mary Lou McDonald (2009–2018) Michelle O'Neill
Michelle O'Neill
(2018–present)

Seanad leaders

Pearse Doherty (2007–10) David Cullinane
David Cullinane
(2011–16) Rose Conway-Walsh
Rose Conway-Walsh
(2016–)

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
leaders

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1998–2007) Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(2007–17) Michelle O'Neill
Michelle O'Neill
(2017–)

Chairpersons

Seán MacManus (1984–90) Tom Hartley (1990–96) Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(1996–2005) Mary Lou McDonald (2005–09) Declan Kearney
Declan Kearney
(2009–)

General secretaries

Joe Cahill Cathleen Knowles Tom Hartley (1984–86) Joe Reilly (1986–88) Lucilita Bhreatnach (1988–2003) Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(2003–07) Rita O'Hare
Rita O'Hare
(2007–09) Dawn Doyle
Dawn Doyle
(2009–)

Directors of publicity

Seán Ó Brádaigh (1960–79) Danny Morrison (1979–90) Rita O'Hare
Rita O'Hare
(1990–98) Dawn Doyle
Dawn Doyle
(1998–2008) Rosaleen Doherty (2008–)

Party structures

Leader of Sinn Féin Ardfheis Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Front Bench Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Republican Youth An Phoblacht Friends of Sinn Féin

Presidential candidates

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(2011)

Elected representatives

Dáil Éireann

Gerry Adams John Brady Pat Buckley Seán Crowe David Cullinane Pearse Doherty Dessie Ellis Martin Ferris Kathleen Funchion Martin Kenny Mary Lou McDonald Denise Mitchell Imelda Munster Carol Nolan Jonathan O'Brien Eoin Ó Broin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Louise O'Reilly Aengus Ó Snodaigh Maurice Quinlivan Brian Stanley Peadar Tóibín

Seanad Éireann

Rose Conway-Walsh Máire Devine Paul Gavan Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Niall Ó Donnghaile Fintan Warfield

European Parliament

Martina Anderson Lynn Boylan Matt Carthy Liadh Ní Riada

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Assembly

Caoimhe Archibald Cathal Boylan Michaela Boyle Linda Dillon Jemma Dolan Sinéad Ennis Megan Fearon Órlaithí Flynn Colm Gildernew Declan Kearney Catherine Kelly Gerry Kelly Seán Lynch Alex Maskey Declan McAleer Raymond McCartney Fra McCann Philip McGuigan Ian Milne Karen Mullan Conor Murphy Carál Ní Chuilín John O'Dowd Máirtín Ó Muilleoir Michelle O'Neill Emma Rogan Pat Sheehan

House of Commons (Abstentionist)

Mickey Brady Michelle Gildernew Chris Hazzard Paul Maskey Elisha McCallion Barry McElduff Francie Molloy

Lists

List of current Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
elected representatives

Alliances

European United Left–Nordic Green Left

v t e

Provisional Irish Republican Army

General

Anti-Treaty IRA Sinn Féin Republican News An Phoblacht The Green Book The Troubles
The Troubles
(Timeline) Haughey arms crisis Officials-Provisionals split Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
campaign Arms importation Disappeared Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape Blanket protest Dirty protest HM Prison Maze Anti H-Block 1981 Irish hunger strike Maze Prison escape Armalite and ballot box strategy Smithwick Tribunal Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
peace process North American arrests Barrack buster Good Friday
Good Friday
Agreement

Organisation

IRA Army Council Internal Security Unit Active Service Unit (ASU) Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
Belfast
Belfast
Brigade Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
Derry
Derry
Brigade Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
South Armagh Brigade Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
East Tyrone Brigade Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
Balcombe Street Gang ASU

Attacks

Insurgency, 1969–1977

Battle of St Matthew's 1970 RUC booby-trap bombing Scottish soldiers' killings Balmoral showroom bombing Abercorn bombing Donegall St bombing Battle at Springmartin Bloody Friday Claudy bombing Coleraine bombings M62 coach bombing Guildford pub bombings Brook's Club bomb attack British Airways bombing attempt Birmingham pub bombings Bayardo Bar attack Caterham Arms pub bombing London Hilton bombing Green Park tube station bombing Scott's Oyster Bar bombing Walton's Restaurant bombing Drummuckavall ambush Balcombe Street siege Kingsmill massacre

Long War, 1977–1988

1978 Lisnamuck shoot-out Jonesboro Gazelle downing La Mon restaurant bombing 1978 Crossmaglen Ambush Warrenpoint ambush Dunmurry train explosion Lough Foyle attacks Chelsea Barracks bombing Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings Harrods bombing Woolwich barracks Brighton hotel bombing Ballygawley land mine attack Newry mortar attack Ballygawley attack The Birches attack JHQ Rheindahlen bombing (Germany)

Peace Process, 1988–1998

Corporals killings Lisburn van bombing 1988 Netherlands Attacks Inglis Barracks Ballygawley bus bombing Jonesborough ambush Deal barracks bombing Derryard attack Derrygorry Gazelle downing RFA Fort Victoria bombing Proxy bombings Downing St mortar attack Mullacreevie ambush Glenanne barracks bombing Teebane bombing Cloghoge attack 1992 Manchester bombing South Armagh sniper campaign Warrington bomb attacks Cullaville occupation Bishopsgate bombing Battle of Newry Road Shankill Road bombing Crossmaglen Lynx downing Drumcree conflict Docklands bombing 1996 Manchester bombing Osnabrück mortar attack Thiepval barracks bombing Coalisland attack July 1997 riots

Chiefs of Staff

Seán Mac Stíofáin (1969–72) Joe Cahill (1972–73) Seamus Twomey (1973) Éamonn O'Doherty (1973–74) Seamus Twomey (1974–77) Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1977–78) Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
(1978–82) Ivor Bell (1982–83) Kevin McKenna (1983–97) Thomas "Slab" Murphy (1997–2005)

Personalities (Volunteers)

Billy McKee Gerry Kelly Dolours Price Marian Price Roy Walsh John Joe McGirl Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Dáithí Ó Conaill George Harrison Billy Reid Michael Gaughan Pat Doherty Hugh Doherty Séanna Breathnach Proinsias MacAirt John Kelly Rose Dugdale John Francis Green Peter Cleary Kevin Coen Frank Stagg Kieran Nugent Francis Hughes Brendan Hughes Tommy McKearney Raymond McCartney Gerry McGeough Gerard Casey Thomas McMahon Eamon Collins Gerard Tuite Patrick Magee Bobby Sands Raymond McCreesh Joe McDonnell Martin Hurson Kieran Doherty Thomas McElwee Michael McKevitt Alex Maskey Fra McCann Owen Carron Paul Butler Dessie Ellis Angelo Fusco Breandán Mac Cionnaith Rita O'Hare Martin Meehan Arthur Morgan Danny Morrison Antoine Mac Giolla Bhrighde Kieran Fleming William Fleming Bernard Fox Paddy Quinn Laurence McKeown Pat McGeown Matt Devlin Pat Sheehan Siobhán O'Hanlon Jackie McMullan Patrick Joseph Kelly Larry Marley Jim Lynagh Pádraig McKearney Brendan McFarlane Charles Breslin Sean O'Callaghan Séamus McElwaine Gabriel Cleary Daniel McCann Seán Savage Mairéad Farrell Martin McCaughey Dessie Grew Fergal Caraher Patricia Black Malachy Carey Martin McGartland Joseph MacManus Paul Magee Pearse Jordan Thomas Begley Martin Doherty Ed O'Brien Diarmuid O'Neill Carál Ní Chuilín Ian Milne Conor Murphy Martina Anderson Jennifer McCann Liam Campbell Colin Duffy

Espionage & Supergrasses

Denis Donaldson Freddie Scappaticci (allegedly "Stakeknife") Martin McGartland Raymond Gilmour Kevin Fulton Joseph Fenton Eamon Collins

Associates

Cumann na mBan Fianna Éireann South Armagh Republican Action Force Direct Action Against Drugs NORAID Provisional Clan na Gael Friends of Sinn Féin Cairde na hÉireann Troops Out Movement

Derivatives

Continuity Irish Republican Army Real Irish Republican Army

Prominent killings

Michael Willetts Jean McConville Columba McVeigh Billy Fox Martin McBirney Steven Tibble Ross McWhirter Sammy Smyth Christopher Ewart-Biggs Jeffery Stanford Agate Robert Nairac Richard Sykes Gerard Evans Lord Mountbatten Baroness Brabourne Norman Stronge James Stronge Robert Bradford Lenny Murphy Kenneth Salvesen Anthony Berry Maurice Gibson Robert Seymour Heidi Hazell Joseph Fenton Nick Spanos Stephen Melrose Ian Gow Donald Kaberry Thomas Oliver Sammy Ward Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Ray Smallwoods Joe Bratty Raymond Elder Martin Cahill Jerry McCabe Andrew Kearney Eamon Collins Matthew Burns Robert McCartney (allegedly) James Curran Joseph Rafferty (allegedly) Paul Quinn

Authority control

WorldCat
WorldCat
Identities VIAF: 9941260 LCCN: n83142260 ISNI: 0000 0001 0869 0534 GND: 118896245 SELIBR: 345999 SUDOC: 033561001 BNF: cb124416972 (data) BNE: XX820

.