Friday 2 December 2016

Gerry Adams accuses David Cameron of 'arrogance' over comments about 'seeing off the IRA'

Published 29/07/2015 | 14:37

Gerry Adams said that his party had considered calling for Environment Minister Alan Kelly to resign
Gerry Adams said that his party had considered calling for Environment Minister Alan Kelly to resign

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of “arrogance” over comments he made about “seeing off the IRA”.

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Mr Adams released a statement yesterday marking the 10th anniversary of the IRA cease fire in which he insisted: “the IRA was never defeated”.

Asked today why he made the comments, Mr Adams said he was responding to Mr Cameron’s claim that the British had “seen off the IRA” when discussing the threat to the UK from Islamic terrorists.

He said Mr Cameron’s remarks “displayed an arrogance” and came at a time when the peace process was in a “perilous condition”.

In yesterday’s statement, he said: “I note the recent remarks of British Prime Minister David Cameron when he claimed that 'British resolve saw off the IRA’.

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David Cameron
David Cameron

“This is a distortion of recent history. It also betrays a worrying ignorance on the part of a British Premier of the dynamics which have propelled the Irish Peace Process for many years.

“The reality is that the IRA was never defeated and that again and again it was Irish republicans, including the IRA leadership, which took bold steps to bolster the peace process and to maintain positive political momentum.

Speaking today, Mr Adams also claimed he was never in the IRA and said he doesn't “lose any sleep” over claims that he was a member of the organisation.

At the same press conference, former IRA gun runner Martin Ferris claimed he never met Sinn Fein Gerry Adams at an IRA meeting.

Asked twice by Independent.ie if he was sure he never met Mr Adams at IRA meetings, Mr Ferris twice said: “no”.

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