Sinn Fein MP says he got unionist votes

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, June 11 (UPI) -- The new Sinn Fein member of the British Parliament from Northern Ireland promised to work for all his constituents Friday.

Gerry Adams has no 'truck' with titles

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Longtime Northern Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams insisted Wednesday he is not the Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, whatever the prime minister says.

Sinn Fein's Adams to run in Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said Sunday he's quitting the Northern Irish Assembly and British Parliament to seek election to Ireland's Parliament.

Gerry Adams: Irish unity could come soon

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Gerry Adams, head of the nationalist Sinn Fein Party, told a conference in New York the present generation could unite Ireland.
Adams: Charge Ulster suspects or free them

Adams: Charge Ulster suspects or free them

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 23 (UPI) -- Suspects arrested in the recent sectarian slayings in Northern Ireland should either be charged or released, a Sinn Fein leader says.

Adams warns against British intervention

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Tuesday warned the renewed presence of British Special Forces in Northern Ireland would escalate recent violence.

Unionists protest payments for victims

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Recalcitrant unionists demonstrated Wednesday against a report recommending one-time payments to victims of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Ireland voting on EU treaty

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 12 (UPI) -- Voters in Ireland Thursday went to the polls to decide whether to ratify the EU reform treaty, which would streamline the European Commission.

Brian Keenan, IRA peace negotiator, dies

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, May 21 (UPI) -- Brian Keenan, who played a key role in the Irish Republican Army's peace negotiations, died of cancer Wednesday in Belfast.

Blair held secret talks with Sinn Fein

LONDON, March 17 (UPI) -- A top official in the Tony Blair administration said the former English prime minister held secret meetings with the Irish Republican Army on peace deals.

Sinn Fein driver exposed as British spy

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- British sources say a former Sinn Fein driver is in protective custody after being exposed as a British spy who infiltrated the party in Northern Ireland.

Can Orange parades become tourist lure?

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Orange Order in Northern Ireland, long known for its militant anti-Catholicism, now hopes to turn its traditions into a tourist attraction.

Commentary: Topic A on the Net

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- About 1,700 German companies are active in Iran ($7 billion in trade), where most companies are equipped with German technology. Under U.S. pressure, Germany’s three main commercial banks have closed their Tehran offices and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the U.N. rostrum, urged a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program. But this finds little favorable echo in the Bundestag. Thus, EU sanctions would most likely be watered down to where neither Iran nor Germany would feel much pain.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.
By United Press International

Irish prime minister to form coalition

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 27 (UPI) -- The Fianna Fail party won Ireland's general election, but failed to gain an overall majority in Parliament, it was reported Sunday.
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Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to the press after meeting with several U.S. Senators in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 16, 2006. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Gerry Adams (Irish: Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh; born 6 October 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish republican politician and Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Louth. From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. He is the president of Sinn Féin, the second largest political party in Northern Ireland and the largest nationalist party. From the late 1980s onwards, Adams was an important figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, initially following contact by the then Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader John Hume and subsequently with the Irish and British governments and then other parties. In 2005, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) indicated that its armed campaign was over and that it is now exclusively committed to democratic politics. Under Adams, Sinn Féin changed its traditional policy of abstentionism towards Oireachtas Éireann, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland, in 1986 and later took seats in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly. However, Sinn Féin retains a policy of abstentionism towards the Westminster Parliament, but since 2002, receives allowances for staff and takes up offices in the House of Commons. In 2011 he was given the British title of Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead to allow him to resign from the House of Commons and to stand for election in the Dáil.

Adams' parents, Gerry Adams Sr. and Annie Hannaway came from republican backgrounds. Adams' grandfather, also called Gerry Adams, had been a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) during the Irish War of Independence. Two of Adams' uncles, Dominic and Patrick Adams, had been interned by the governments in Belfast and Dublin. Although it is reported that his uncle Dominic was a one-time IRA chief of staff, J. Bowyer Bell states in his book, The Secret Army: The IRA 1916 (Irish Academy Press), that Dominic Adams was a senior figure in the IRA of the mid-1940s. Gerry Sr. joined the IRA at age sixteen. In 1942, he participated in an IRA ambush on a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) patrol but was himself shot, arrested and sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Adams' maternal great-grandfather, Michael Hannaway, was a member of the Fenians during their dynamiting campaign in England in the 1860s and 1870s. Michael's son, Billy, was election agent for Éamon de Valera in 1918 in West Belfast but refused to follow de Valera into democratic and constitutional politics upon the formation of Fianna Fáil.

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