quote by Gerry Adams

In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.

— Gerry Adams

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For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.

The IRA has abandoned its armed struggle in pursuit of its goals by political means. This must be fully acknowledged. Continued challenge does nothing but obstruct and inhibit the peace process.

What's crucial is that the IRA produce a credible statement that paramilitary and criminality activity is a thing of the past. That they are committed to a future which is exclusively peaceful and democratic.

The big missing part of the jig-saw is to get the assembly back up and running here in Northern Ireland, to get shared government back in business, that is my objective, and we await the IRA statement to see if this will trigger a new dawn.


There are many resistance movements in the world, like the IRA for instance.

But it is only Islamic resistance movements that are put on the terrorist list. This is what I am saying.

But that citizen's perception was also at one with the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based.

Ira Gershwin, shame on him. I mean, some of the writing.

My Irish passport makes me look like a chief of staff for the Provisional IRA.

Freedom can be gained only at the point of an IRA rifle, and I apologize to no one for saying that we support the freedom fighters of the IRA.


Islam - a religion horribly misrepresented by terrorists, which is like the IRA saying they represented Irish people. Islam is a BEAUTIFUL religion. would make you cry it's so beautiful... and gentle.

Do you really think the IRA would think me a worthwhile target ?

My ideal citizen is the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a concealed-carry permit. Because that person doesn't need the goddamn government for anything.

Britain has the IRA and no one cancels concerts there.

But grant the wrath of Heaven be great, 'tis slow.

[Lat., Ut sit magna tamen certe lenta ira deorum est.]


Paisley has been and remains a greater threat to the Union than the Foreign Office and the Provisional IRA rolled into one.

The GAA is the sporting wing of the IRA.

I grew up wearing black arm-bands when the hunger strikers died.

I went on those marches. I grew up basically a Provo, though I never obviously got into any activities. I was writing 'IRA, Brits out' on walls all over where I grew up, but that was a false sense of Irishness.

The reality is that when Sinn Fein gets into these talks, there will be no more options for armed republicanism, for the IRA.

During the 1996 Forum election my election agent, John Dobson, told me that at some stage down the line we were going to have to talk to the IRA and that I was the man to do it. And my reaction was not printable!


Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts. [Lat., Candida pax homines, trux decet ira feras.]

I will walk on no grave of Ulster's honoured dead to do a deal with the IRA or the British government.

Call him drunken Ira Hayes, he won't answer any more.

Not the whiskey drinking Indian, nor the Marine that went to war.

The IRA sending a message of sympathy to America is like Jack the Ripper giving us a lesson in the sanctity of human life.

Traditional investment vehicles such as IRAs, CDs, stocks and bonds do have their place, but for the rich, they are used more as temporary storage facilities rather than life-long homes.


I remember when I first got married, there was a certain amount of internet traffic on the subject of, "Who is this beard who is allegedly married to Ira Glass? Obviously, he's gay."

Traditional investment vehicles such as IRAs, CDs, stocks and bonds do have their place, but for the rich, they are used more as temporary storage facilities rather than life-long homes.

The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed.

Maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account, Cayman Island Investments and an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars. But Governor Romney, when we lose 23 cents every hour, every day, every paycheck, every job, over our entire lives, what we lose can't just be measured in dollars.

We've done a lot of films now about the IRA, we can move on from all that.

I loved '71 because I think it showed a very honest trail and what it was actually like. It wasn't one-sided. I really respect ['71 director] Yann [Demange] for what he did. But we have done a lot of those things.


It's time for the IRA to go out of business.

Everyone I have spoken with so far recognises the need for the IRA to respond positively and every has said sooner is better than later and I think there is some concern if it does continue to delay much longer that the situation isn't going to remain the same.

I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show written by George and Ira Gershwin. Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.

At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means.

We had the IRA ceasefire in August 1994 and a lot of people assumed that a deal had been done - which wasn't right.

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