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Up with Gerry

I am an Ulster protestant, but I now believe that Gerry Adams is a hero of the peace process

By Leo McKinstry   January 1999

Despite the success of the Northern Ireland peace process, a querulous spirit of hostility still prevails in some unionist circles. Clinging to the ancient certainties of a divided Ulster, some continue to predict-even desire-disaster. But we should no longer pay them any attention. These prophets of doom-from Conor Cruise O’Brien to Ian Paisley-have turned out to be hopeless forecasters. At every turn, from the Stormont talks to the referendum, they have been wrong.

And on no single issue have they been more completely wrong than on Gerry Adams’s leadership of Irish Republicanism. We have heard all sorts of warnings: that…

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