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Gerry Adams

Personal data
Date of birth6 October 1948(age 66)
Place of birthBelfast, Northern Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
SpouseCollette McArdle
ReligionRoman Catholicism
President of Sinn Féin
Assumed office13 November 1983
Preceded byRuairí Ó Brádaigh
Teachta Dála
Assumed officeFebruary 2011
Preceded byArthur Morgan
Member of Parliament
for Belfast West
In office1 May 1997 - 26 January 2011
Majority17,759 (54.7%)
Succeeded byPaul Maskey
Preceded byJoe Hendron
In office9 June 1983 - 9 April 1992
Majority16,862 (41.1%)
Succeeded byJoe Hendron
Preceded byGerry Fitt
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast West
In office25 June 1998 - 7 December 2010
Succeeded byPat Sheehan
Preceded byConstituency Created

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Gerry Adams ( ; born 6 October 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish republican politician and Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Louth. From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. He is the president of Sinn Féin, the second largest political party in Northern Ireland and the largest nationalist party. From the late 1980s onwards, Adams was an important figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, initially following contact by the then Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader John Hume and subsequently with the Irish and British governments and then other parties. In 2005, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) indicated that its armed campaign was over and that it is now exclusively committed to democratic politics. Under Adams, Sinn Féin changed its traditional policy of abstentionism towards Oireachtas Éireann, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland, in 1986 and later took seats in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly. However, Sinn Féin retains a policy of abstentionism towards the Westminster Parliament, but since 2002, receives allowances for staff and takes up offices in the House of Commons.

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Robinson and Adams cross swords over significance of the top job - Belfast Telegraph Tweet this news
Belfast Telegraph--But his call was immediately dismissed by Sinn Fein's -Gerry Adams-, who claimed the move was a political tactic to frighten unionist voters into backing the DUP. The dispute over the top job surfaced once again as both parties lau - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 02:10:07 GMT+00:00
Taoiseach says other executives may have same entitlements as Doherty - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--He was responding in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions to Sinn Féin leader -Gerry Adams-, who asked if there were more bankers going to “walk away with obscene” payments about which the Government claims “it can do nothing”. M - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:23:44 GMT+00:00
Sinn Fein steps up bid for review of Ireland's oil and gas contracts - JOE Tweet this news
JOE--Speaking after a meeting of his party's elected representatives in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin President -Gerry Adams- said: “Sinn Féin wants to see as wide a debate as possible on the potential of Ireland's oil and gas reserves. .. - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:53:24 GMT+00:00
Gerry and Best in a double act - Irish Independent Tweet this news
Irish Independent--By Eilis O'Hanlon -GERRY ADAMS- has offered to talk to dissident republicans in an effort to persuade them to renounce violence. After which, presumably, Alcoholics Anonymous will have a seance to contact George Best for advice on - Date : Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:46:12 GMT+00:00
Gerry Adams offers to talk to dissidents - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian---Gerry Adams- said he would be willing to facilitate talks with dissident republicans. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Sinn Féin president -Gerry Adams- has offered himself as a mediator in talks with dissident republicans in a mo - Date : Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:12:40 GMT+00:00
Cherrywood Adams, Just William and the Woman Next Door - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--DÁIL SKETCH: THE QUEEN'S visit is presenting a knotty problem for self-proclaimed “woodenhead” -Gerry Adams-. Or as the Sinn Féin leader might put it in his quaint bilingual way: Tá sé not mahogany gaspipe.” He is not impressed - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:15:29 GMT+00:00
Enda Kenny defends jobs 'initiative' - Tweet this news Kenny was responding to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader -Gerry Adams-, who both accused the Taoiseach of another U-turn. Mr Adams told the Taoiseach that the members of the House had to learn of this in the media. ... - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:59:32 GMT+00:00
Profile: Who was 'double agent' Denis Donaldson? - BBC News Tweet this news
BBC News--Over the years, Mr Donaldson became a trusted and respected senior Sinn Fein figure, close to both party president -Gerry Adams- and chief negotiator Martin McGuinness. Following the Good Friday Agreement and the eventual devolution of power to - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:02:22 GMT+00:00
Shinners gild lily as Martin's cabinet a shadow of its former self - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--But by the time party leader Micheál Martin took to the plinth with his new front bench, -Gerry Adams- and his crew had left, taking their lilies with them. Such a pity. Fianna Fáil's locker room badly needs a female presence. ... - Date : Tue, 12 Apr 2011 23:15:46 GMT+00:00
Dissidents 'bent' on violence, says Shatter - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times--Asked last evening about an offer from Sinn Féin president -Gerry Adams- to meet the dissidents at any time, Mr Shatter said he did not know whether anything could come of such talks. “I'm not personally convinced that talking to thes - Date : Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:59:51 GMT+00:00

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joe Hendron
Member of Parliament for Belfast West
Succeeded by
Paul Maskey
Northern Ireland Assembly
New creation Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West
Succeeded by
Pat Sheehan
Preceded by
Arthur Morgan
Teachta Dála for Louth
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Cahill
Dáithí Ó Conaill
Vice-President of Sinn Féin|alongside=Joe Cahill, Dáithí Ó Conaill
Succeeded by
Phil Flynn
Preceded by
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
President of Sinn Féin
1983 - present

Parliamentarians in Northern Ireland

Gerry Adams * Gregory Campbell * Nigel Dodds * Pat Doherty * Jeffrey Donaldson * Mark Durkan * Michelle Gildernew * Sylvia Hermon * Naomi Long * Willie McCrea * Alasdair McDonnell * Martin McGuinness * Conor Murphy * Ian Paisley Jr. * Margaret Ritchie * David Simpson * Sammy Wilson
European Parliament
Bairbre de Brún * Diane Dodds * Jim Nicholson

Party leaders in Northern Ireland

Peter Robinson, MLA (DUP) * Gerry Adams, MP, MLA (Sinn Féin) * Sir Reg Empey, MLA (UUP) * Margaret Ritchie, MP, MLA (SDLP) * David Ford, MLA (Alliance) |

Current members of Dáil Éireann

Fianna Fáil (75)B. Ahern * D. Ahern * M. Ahern * N. Ahern * B. Andrews * C. Andrews * Ardagh * Aylward * Blaney * A. Brady * C. Brady * J. Brady * Browne * T. Byrne * Calleary * P. Carey * Collins * Conlon * Connick * Coughlan * 'Cowen' * Cregan * Curran * Dempsey * Devins * Dooley * Fahey * Finneran * Fitzpatrick * Fleming * Flynn * Hanafin * Haughey * Hoctor * Kelleher * Kelly * Kenneally * Kennedy * Killeen * M. Kitt * T. Kitt * B. Lenihan * C. Lenihan * McDaid * McEllistrim * Mattie McGrath * Michael McGrath * McGuinness * Mansergh * Martin * Moloney * Moynihan * Mulcahy * Nolan * O'Brien * O'Connor * Ó Cuív * O'Dea * O'Donoghue * Ó Fearghaíl * O'Flynn * O'Hanlon * B. O'Keeffe * N. O'Keeffe * O'Rourke * C. O'Sullivan * P. Power * S. Power * Roche * Scanlon * Smith * Treacy * Wallace * Woods
Fine Gael (51)Allen * Bannon * Barrett * Breen * Bruton * Burke * C. Byrne * J. Carey * Clune * Connaughton * Coonan * Coveney * Crawford * Creed * Creighton * D'Arcy * Deasy * Deenihan * Doyle * Durkan * English * Enright * Feighan * C. Flanagan * T. Flanagan * B. Hayes * T. Hayes * Hogan * Kehoe * Kenny * McCormack * McEntee * McGinley * McHugh * Mitchell * Naughten * Neville * Noonan * O'Donnell * O'Dowd * J. O'Keefe * O'Mahony * Perry * Reilly * Ring * Shatter * Sheahan * Sheehan * Stanton * Timmins * Varadkar
Labour Party (20)Broughan * Burton * Costello * Gilmore * Higgins * Howlin * C. Lynch * K. Lynch * McManus * O'Shea * J. O'Sullivan * Penrose * Quinn * Rabbitte * Sherlock * Shortall * Stagg * Tuffy * Upton * Wall
Green Party (6)Cuffe * Gogarty * 'Gormley' * Ryan * Sargent * White
Sinn Féin (4)Ferris * Morgan * Ó Caoláin * Ó Snodaigh
Independents (7)Behan * Grealish * Harney * Healy-Rae * Lowry * F. McGrath * M. O'Sullivan

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