English rule of Northern Ireland ends

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, May 8 (UPI) -- Direct rule of Northern Ireland by London ended Tuesday as Protestant and Catholic parties signed a power-sharing agreement in Belfast.

Irish parliamentary election called May 24

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 29 (UPI) -- The president of the Irish Republic Mary McAleese dissolved parliament Sunday as Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced a general election on May 24.

N. Ireland political divide narrows

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 26 (UPI) -- The religious and political divide in Northern Ireland narrowed Monday in Dublin, with a meeting of the major Catholic and Protestant parties. A meeting between the Protestant Democratic Unionist party representative, Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, the lead

Sinn Fein supports new police force

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein, the nationalist party in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is backing a national police force in Ulster.

Man charged in attempt on leaders' lives

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A British loyalist was charged in Belfast Saturday with attempting to kill Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Irish politicians featured in Vaughn film

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Over the weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.S. film actor Vince Vaughn conducted interviews with two key area politicians for a documentary he is making.

Pact outlines N. Ireland government

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- British and Irish leaders, meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland, released details of an agreement for an inclusive government in Northern Ireland.

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Blair gives Northern Ireland a deadline

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Admitted British agent killed in Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 4 (UPI) -- A former member of Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein Party who admitted serving for 20 years as a British agent was shot dead at his remote cottage.

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Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2006 with 289 to follow.
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Bush mulls Sinn Fein for St. Pat's party

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Bush administration could lift its ban on Sinn Fein attending the White House St. Patrick's Day party this year, The Times of London reports. The newspaper said it had learned that Mitchell Reiss, President George Bush's special envoy to Northern Irel

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2006 with 334 to follow.
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Sinn Fein leader admits spying for British

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A senior member of the nationalist Sinn Fein Party in Northern Ireland admitted Friday that he had been spying for the British for 20 years.

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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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