A new and unfamiliar phase for Northern politics' great survivor

Few politicians in Ireland have been as controversial or as enduring as Gerry Adams.

4th May, 2014
Gerry Adams with Brendan Hughes, his subsequent accuser, in Long Kesh in 1971.

Few politicians in Ireland have been as controversial or as enduring as Gerry Adams. From the angry politician who in 1988 at Bodenstown declared that the only sound the British could hear was the ''roar of IRA machine guns, to ensuring a little over a decade later the complete decommission of the IRA, Adams's journey has helped shape the politics of Ireland in the past two decades.

His political contribution is that he has brought militant...

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