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Peace process handed Adams a ticket to 'his Republic'

Albert Reynolds deserved praise for bringing about the ceasefire but the IRA threat has never gone away

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

In a private conversation after one of his last appearances on RTE to comment on the peace process, Albert Reynolds said he had a specific aim in an IRA ceasefire: improving the Irish economy. Ireland, he pointed out, appeared in the international media for only one reason, the IRA and its campaign of bombing and terrorism. No multi-national company leader would want to locate in a country only known abroad for its terrorist bomb outrages, he said. He made an IRA ceasefire his "number one priority".

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His approach, he said, was to "embrace" Gerry Adams and "keep him in a bear hug" no matter what.

There was a good deal of "no matter what" as Albert drove the process towards the first IRA ceasefire.

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