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Gerard Adams

Gaelic: Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh
Also Known As: "Gerry"
Birthplace: Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerard Adams, Sr. and Anne Hannaway
Husband of Private
Father of Private
Brother of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 3 others

Occupation: Politician, assumed IRA leader
Managed by: Private User
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About Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams is an Irish republican politician who is the president of the Sinn Féin political party and a Teachta Dála (TD; a member of the Irish parliament) for Louth since the 2011 general election.

From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Member of Parliament (MP) of the British Parliament for the Belfast West constituency.

He has been the president of Sinn Féin since 1983. Since that time the party has become the third-largest party in the Republic of Ireland, the second-largest political party in Northern Ireland and the largest Irish nationalist party in that region. In 1984, Adams was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt by several gunmen from the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), including John Gregg. 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 then subsequently with the Irish and British governments.


His parents, Gerry Adams, Sr. and Anne Hannaway, came from republican backgrounds. His grandfather, also named Gerry Adams, had been a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) during the Irish War of Independence. Two of Adams's uncles, Dominic and Patrick Adams, had been interned by the governments in Belfast and Dublin. J. Bowyer Bell states in his book The Secret Army that Dominic Adams was a senior figure in the IRA of the mid-1940s. Gerry Adams Sr. joined the IRA at age sixteen. In 1942, he participated in an IRA ambush on a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) patrol but was himself shot, arrested and sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Adams's maternal great-grandfather, Michael Hannaway, was also a member of the IRB during its dynamiting campaign in England in the 1860s and 1870s. Michael's son, Billy, was election agent for Éamon de Valera at the Irish general election of 1918 in West Belfast.

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Gerry Adams's Timeline

October 6, 1948
Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland