Thursday 12 December 2019

Gerry Adams ignites a war of words with unionists

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Michelle Smyth

SINN Fein president Gerry Adams has ignited another war of words after describing unionists as b******s last night at a public meeting.

Mr Adams spoke about "bigotry" in unionism and said: "The point is to break these b******s . . . break them with equality."

Mr Adams made his comments in Enniskillen, a venue that angered unionists further because of its history of the Remembrance Day IRA bombing, the anniversary of which has just passed.

The Louth TD was asked by a member of the audience about Sinn Fein's relationship with the DUP, following recent controversial comments made by DUP MLA Gregory Campbell about the party's use of the Irish language.

"There are people who don't want the nonsense that Gregory Campbell spouts . . . the bigotry," Mr Adams said.

"But what's the point? The point is to actually break these b******s - that's the point. And what's going to break them is equality. That's what's going to break them - equality. Who could be afraid of equality? Who could be afraid of treating somebody the way you want to be treated. That's what we need to keep the focus on - that's the Trojan horse of the entire republican strategy."

He later tweeted "Mea culpa", but said that equality is the only way to break "bigots", "racists" and "homophobes".

He also called for education and an end to sectarianism.

Mr Campbell remarked at the weekend that the DUP will be treating Sinn Fein's "wish list" like toilet paper - a remark that was criticised by Sinn Fein.

Mr Campbell last night said he hoped Mr Adams comments would "not increase tensions".

Irish Independent

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