Gerry Adams

Politician

1948 –

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Who is Gerry Adams?

Gerard "Gerry" Adams is an Irish republican politician, president of the Sinn Féin political party, and the Teachta Dála for Louth since the 2011 general election.

From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West.

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 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 leader John Hume and then subsequently with the Irish and British governments.

In 2005, the Provisional Irish Republican Army indicated that its armed campaign was over and that it was exclusively committed to democratic politics. Under Adams, Sinn Féin changed its traditional policy of abstentionism towards the Oireachtas, the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland, in 1986 and later took seats in the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Born
Oct 6, 1948
Belfast
Also known as
  • Gerard Adams
  • Gerry Adams MP
  • Gerry Adams TD
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
Profession
Education
  • St. Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast
  • St Finian's Primary School
Lived in
  • Belfast

Submitted
on July 23, 2013