Sinn Fein Chief Rebukes Bruton over 'Nazi' Attack

By David McKittrick Ireland Correspondent | The Independent (London, England), October 11, 1996 | Go to article overview
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Sinn Fein Chief Rebukes Bruton over 'Nazi' Attack


David McKittrick Ireland Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)


The president of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, yesterday responded to stinging criticisms from the Irish government by lecturing the Taoiseach, John Bruton, on his responsibilities in unusually combative terms.

Mr Bruton had earlier followed his previous comparison of the republican movement to the Nazis by warning: "No more Lisburns. No more spectaculars. No more beatings. No coded warnings. Just the ballot box."

The Dail in Dublin yesterday devoted an all-day debate to the question of the peace process in the wake of Monday's double IRA bomb attack on British army headquarters at Lisburn, Co Antrim. But amid condemnation of the IRA and Sinn Fein from all sides, Mr Bruton and other ministers conspicuously refrained from breaking all possibility of contact with the republican movement. The hope in Dublin, though it is not based on any particular confidence, is that the Lisburn attacks do not mean the peace process is at a definitive end. But the exchanges between Mr Bruton and Mr Adams signal that Dublin's relationship with the republican movement is at its lowest ebb for years. Mr Adams said: "Many will resent the Taoiseach's use of the terms Nazis and fascists.

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