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Gerard "Gerry" Adams is an Irish republican politician and abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West.
(1948 - )

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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.
 

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

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.
 

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

Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I've hugged trees in every part of this little island.
 

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.
 

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.
 

It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.
 

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

One man's transparency is another's humiliation.
 

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 demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
 

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.
 

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

Such decisions will be far reaching and difficult. But you never lacked courage in the past. Your courage is now needed for the future.
 

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

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

The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
 

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

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.
 


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