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Gerry Adams
October 6, 1948 -
Nationality: Irish
Category: Politician
Subcategory: Irish Politician

But if republicans are to prevail, if the peace process is to be successfully concluded and Irish sovereignty and re-unification secured, then we have to set the agenda - no-one else is going to do that.


Sinn Fein has the potential and capacity to become the vehicle for the attainment of republican objectives.


Republican patience with how unionism deals with the political institutions, and with key issues like equality and human rights, will be tested because, obviously, there will be a battle a day on these matters. So lets face up to all of this with our eyes wide open.


Sinn Fein has productively taken the example of South Africa and, as we develop the peace process, we continue to use examples from South Africa.


The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever.


At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means.


Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment.


The last months, weeks and days have seen accelerating discussions, involving the DUP for the first time, about a comprehensive agreement which would see all outstanding matters dealt with and the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full.


The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership.


In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north.


We are totally committed to ending partition and to creating the conditions for unity and independence.


The catalyst for much of this change is the growing support for republicanism.


For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.


The unionists also for their part, want to minimise the potential for change, not only on the equality agenda but on the issues of sovereignty and ending the union.


Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.


But I also hold the very strong view that republicans need to lead by example.


We have to make sure the Good Friday Agreement works.


Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.


In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.


When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all, in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.


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