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Adams, Jr. on October 6, 1948 in West Belfast, the Sinn
Féin leader and Parliament Member for West Belfast
made international headllines in 2005 for his part in the
historic announcement of the complete disarmament by the Irish
Republican Army (IRA) in 2005.
move marked the first time since the founding of the Irish state
that the IRA has agreed to end an armed struggle.
Furthering the cause by purely political means, Adams continued
to triumph by helping push through a Sein
Finn motion calling for support of policing in Northern Ireland
in January 2007.
months later, Adams met with Ian
Paisley of the Protestant's Democratic Unionist Party in another
historic breakthrough to forge a joint
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into a strongly activist Catholic family, Adams attended St. Mary's
Christian Brothers School and later worked as a bartender, but
became increasingly involved in the Irish republican movement,
joining Sinn Féin and Na
Fianna Éireann in 1964.
a result of the 1971 Special Powers Act in which the UK introduced
internment without trial, Adams was arrested and briefly jailed
in 1972 on the Maidstone, a British prison ship.
was released in order to take part in peace talks in 1972, but
was again arrested and jailed from 1973 to 1977 at Long
Kesh internment camp, and again briefly in 1978.
same year, Adams was elected vice president of Sinn Fein, when
he began to veer more toward non-violent and political solutions
for a united Ireland, eventually leading Sinn Fein as its president
following year, Adams was seriously wounded in an assassination
attempt by loyalist gunmen, but survived the attack to eventually
elevate Sinn Fein in the 1990's from suspected IRA front to a
begrudgingly respected political movement.
closer to a peaceful settlement, negotiations took place between
the UK and Irish governments in a power-sharing agreement that
resulted in the historic Good
Friday Agreement in 1998 and endorsed by both voters in Northern
Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
the popular settlement, sporadic IRA violence continued and in
2004 Adams became a lightening rod of official dissent over a
bank heist that was blamed on the IRA.
was followed by another scandal pointing to IRA involvement in
the January 2005 murder of a Catholic man outside a Belfast bar.
Féin and the IRA initially denied any involvement, but
later suspended or expelled 10 members linked to the killing.
Adams became the brunt of more outrage in Dublin and London.
He also suffered setbacks in American support when, on a March
2005 trip to Washington, he was snubbed by both President
Bush and Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy who refused to see
Adams on his traditional St. Patrick's Day visit.
then, Adams reportedly has stepped up the pressure within his
own party to pursue its goals exclusively through politics.
resulting announcement on July 28, 2005 of the IRA's total disarmament
was immediately hailed by
Prime Minister Tony
Blair as "step of unparalleled magnitude" and by
Adams himself as a "defining
point in the search for a lasting peace with justice."
years later, Adams continued to forge a policy that veered away
from armed strife to political compromise by helping to push through
an historic Sein Fein vote in January 2007 to support
policing in Northern Ireland for the first time in the party's
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Windsor can come and go as she wants.
on a visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Northern Ireland.
peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.