Gerry Adams stopped at Cork city tonight as part of his tour around the country as the outgoing leader of Sinn Fein.
Speaking to the crowd of his supporters in Cork, he emphasized the importance of keeping the movement alive after his departure.
” Let’s go forward together united, with courage and hope and the very very highest expectations,” Mr. Adams said.
Gerry Adams expressed his confidence in the party members and commended the party’s Cork councilors – Henry Cremin in particular.
Adams touched on the abortion topic as well and said that the referendum would be the best solution for the ongoing debate.
” I’m not for abortion, but I am a man, women have to protected and trusted,” the 69-year-old politician said.
Gerry Adams’ career as the Sinn Fein leader expands to more than three decades.
The Belfast-native remains the most enigmatic Irish politicians of all time. Mr. Adams never disassociated himself from the Irish Republican Army (IRA) although he insists that he was never an IRA member.
While his supporters hail him as a hero, he is hated by some as an avid supporter of the IRA.
The group is known to be responsible for more than 1,700 deaths.
Adams was accused of helping the IRA carrying out attacks during what became known as the Bloody Friday.
He was later acquitted of all charges.
Adams is the survivor of several assassination attempts.
His brother’s conviction of rape in 2013 brought more unwanted controversy to the life of the seasoned politician.
He was arrested and acquitted of a 70s murder charge the very same year.
Adams has been married to his wife of 47 years Collette who does not make public appearances with her husband. Their son Gearoid is a well-known figure in the Gaelic football world.
Asked by the Logical Radical if McGuinness’s death has influenced his decision to step down as the Sinn Fein leader, the 69-year-old politician said: ” Yes, we had a bond together.”
Adams shook hands and took selfies with his Cork supporters at tonight’s event.