Dissies target ‘traitors’ – just like Adams did

The ex-Sinn Fein leader may be baffled by the attack on his home, but there’s no great mystery, writes Eilis O’Hanlon


Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: PA
Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: PA

Gerry Adams has called for a meeting with the group which left an explosive device in the driveway of his home in west Belfast on Friday evening, so that they might explain their actions. “That’s my direct appeal to them,” he declared at a press conference yesterday. “Give us the rationale for this action.”

It’s no great mystery. The explosions at the homes of Adams, inset, and Maze escapee Bobby Storey are believed to be the work of dissident republicans. Groups such as the New IRA, Oglaigh na hEireann, Continuity IRA, and all the rest, remain in existence because they wish to end the British ‘occupation’ of Northern Ireland, and believe that any means necessary is justified in doing so, including targeting those they regard as traitors to the Irish cause for following the path of constitutional politics.

In other words, dissidents believe exactly the same ideology which republican leaders such as Adams advocated most of their political lives.

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