Thursday 23 November 2017

Behan there, done that for freed Sinn Fein president

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams smiles as he delivers a speech at an election rally
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams smiles as he delivers a speech at an election rally
Brendan Behan
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Gerry Adams quoted Brendan Behan on Twitter as he was released by police after questioning. "Brendan Behan on release from gaol was told 'It must be great to be free'. 'It must,' he said."

The tipsy republican writer once got into trouble with the IRA. Behan, right, once recalled: "I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."

Perhaps Adams is no longer a big name down with the kids. Presenter Maia Dunphy noted via Twitter how she was skimming through the Irish Independent when the youngster sitting next to her spotted a Belfast mural of the toothsome Sinn Féin godfather. "Oh Rolf Harris!" he exclaimed.

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