Sunday 20 August 2017

Republican aristocrat steered his followers away from war

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

David McKittrick

ONE of the many books on Gerry Adams is subtitled 'Man of War, Man of Peace?' As that question mark indicates, there is no definitive judgment as to which of those labels more appropriately applies to the Sinn Fein president.

He certainly comes from a militant Belfast republican background and specifically from a family steeped in traditional 'armed struggle'. Both his father and mother were what might be described as members of a west Belfast republican aristocracy, a small cluster of families who kept the faith down through the generations.

Adams himself served a sentence behind bars and was twice interned without trial in the Maze prison.

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