Gerry Adams Refuses to Disband IRA
Thursday, March 17, 2005
(SNN) As everyone else in the world was allowed to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, excluded Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said that he alone could not disband the IRA, no matter how much pressure was put on him by U.S. Leaders.
The IRA has been accused in the tavern murder of Catholic civilian Robert McCartney
The IRA has been accused in the tavern murder of Catholic civilian Robert McCartney on January 30. Allegations have also risen of the IRA’s involvement in the world’s largest cast theft, stealing the equivalent of $50 million from a Belfast Bank on December 20. Although, many people are quick to point out that they heist is not even in the top 10 largest bank robberies after it is adjusted for inflation.
Even assuming Adams is a high ranking member of the IRA, it seems unlikely that the organization would disband no matter how nicely he asked. To add to this problem, when Adams pushed the IRA into a cease fires in 1994 and 1997, some hard line elements split into several different small militant IRA factions and a A-HA cover band. It is likely that a disbanding of the more moderate members allied with Sinn Fein would actually increase membership of these more radical factions.
President Bush however has remained firm in his stance.
President Bush however has remained firm in his stance. Bush met today with Ireland’s Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The meeting was cordial even though Bush said that he was disappointed that Ahern wasn’t “little ‘n green”. In talking with Ahern, Bush reiterated that he will never be able to forgive the IRA for what they did to Harrison Ford and his family.
Fox Television has announced that it will take on the Irish Republican Army in its new specials: “The World’s Most Shocking Bank Robberies” and “When Good IRA Goes Bad”. The specials will include an interview with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Mike Darnell, an executive vice president at Fox, said the network loves the genre and will "milk it until it dies" in viewer popularity.