Gerry Adams Arrested
If you were a Protestant living in Northern Ireland or the Republic, you feared and detested Gerry Adams.
I feared and detested Gerry Adams. As head of Sinn Fein, and a member of the IRA, he was the face of fear that hung ominous over my childhood. As an American Protestant family with political connections, kidnappings were a concern we had to take into consideration for mundane activities such as going to airports, crossing the border between south and north (which was common if you used ferry transport to the U.K. or Europe), going to soccer games (which alternate between Dublin and Belfast) or even going shopping for school clothes.
In a country and a time where something as innocuous as your car licence plate can ‘out’ your sectarian affiliations (even if wrong - try driving a Republic of Ireland registered automobile through the border in Cavan and on to Belfast in 1995 - it often ended in tragedy) you learn quickly to personify those fears.
To my peers and myself - Gerry Adams is the bogey man.
I greet this news with joy.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams arrested in 1972 IRA killing
(now if we could also get rid of Ian Paisley then that would truly be a coup.)