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Dublin state papers: IRA 'dark mutterings on Gerry Adams'
12-29-2020, 07:39 AM,
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Dublin state papers: IRA 'dark mutterings on Gerry Adams'
Dublin state papers: IRA 'dark mutterings on Gerry Adams'

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References to divisions in the IRA and the republican movement are among the political gossip revealed in newly-released Irish state papers.

The declassified papers come from 1988.

An official from the Department of Foreign Affairs reports observations from Paddy McGrory, the solicitor for the families of three IRA members killed by the SAS in Gibraltar.

The note said Mr McGrory had "heard some dark mutterings from an IRA source regarding [Gerry] Adams' leadership".

Mr McGrory "did not place any credence on this as, in his experience, the IRA was traditionally full of differing cliques and it is not unusual for one or other of those cliques to mutter darkly about the various leaderships from time to time".

Mr Adams was president of Sinn Féin from 1983 until 2018. While not disassociating himself from the IRA, he has always denied membership.

In 1988, Mr Adams and SDLP leader John Hume were engaged in the first of the Hume-Adams talks.

According to the declassified note, Mr McGrory said he thought Mr Adams remained secure in the leadership and, while it might appear he had differences with Martin McGuinness, it was important to note they "were close personal friends".

"In his view, Adams is very committed to the republican movement and, to McGrory's mind, would be the last person to be involved in initiating any type of friction or break-up within the movement," said the note.

It was hardly a surprise that the Northern Ireland Office Minister for State Nick Scott was, according to a London Irish embassy note sent back to Dublin, "in despair" about the unionist leadership in 1986.

They opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement that gave Dublin a say in Northern Ireland's internal affairs.

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