Sinn Fein not to raise funds in US

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Irish Republican Army political leader Gerry Adams has been ordered by the U.S. government to avoid fundraising during his U.S. visit this week.

Bush snubs Irish Republican Army

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Bush has broken with tradition and will not invite Sinn Fein or Irish Republican Army officials to the White House on St. Patrick's Day.

Sinn Fein leader aids British police

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 4 (UPI) -- The head of the Irish Republican Army's political wing has decided to work with British officials in solving a killing that implicates IRA members.

Irish PM: Still aiming for inclusive peace

LONDON, March 3 (UPI) -- The difficulties facing the Northern Ireland peace process will be resolved, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said Thursday.

IRA drops U.S. fundraising plans

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 2 (UPI) -- Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish Republican Army's political wing, has scrapped plans to raise funds in the United States, The Telegraph reports.

Irish government: Sinn Fein leaders in IRA

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have been accused of being members of the Irish Republican Army council by the Irish government.

Sinn Fein hints IRA may be behind heist

MADRID, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams suggests the Irish Republican Army may have been behind the bank raid that has threatened the Northern Ireland peace process.

Report: Sinn Fein sanctioned IRA bank raid

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Senior members of Sinn Fein sanctioned the IRA's multi-million dollar bank raid in December, the Independent Monitoring Commission reports.

White House uninvites N.Ireland parties

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The White House will exclude all Northern Ireland political parties, including Sinn Fein, from its traditional St. Patrick's Day reception this year.

IRA delivers veiled threat of violence

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The IRA has made a veiled threat to return to war by warning the Irish and British governments, "Do not underestimate the seriousness of the situation." The paramilitary organization's statement accused the governments of playing down the importance of it

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2005 with 334 to follow.
By United Press International

Irish prisoner release off after allegations

BELFAST, Ireland, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Irish government said allegations the IRA robbed an Ulster bank, has ended any talk of the early release of some prisoners.

Ulster MP urges Bush to bar Adams

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An Ulster Unionist member of Parliament has called on U.S. President Bush to revoke the visa of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Belfast heist may fund IRA pensions

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Proceeds from last week's $42 million Belfast bank robbery are suspected of being a pension fund for Irish Republican Army members, reports said Wednesday.

Political standoff in N.Ireland deepens

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The standoff between parties in Northern Ireland's peace process appeared to grow wider after a tumultuous day of talks Monday.
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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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