Thursday 8 December 2016

Sinn Féin cannot simply wish the Provos away

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

'They haven't gone away you know." It may be the quote that Gerry Adams is most famous for, and now it's the one he wishes would just disappear. The comments were made 20 years ago on Sunday August 13, 1995, and grabbed every front page the following day.

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The Sinn Féin president was speaking at a large republican rally in Belfast following a weekend of serious disturbances in several parts of Northern Ireland as republicans objected to loyalist marches passing close to Catholic areas.

Twenty years on, the Troubles may be less public but they remain invidious. The tune from Sinn Féin is now a very different one, with Adams declaring yesterday: "The war is over. The IRA is gone and not coming back."

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